Album cover artwork for Greta Stanley with black vinyl record popping outEvery time I write Greta Stanley’s name, I write “Great”. But it’s not a mistake, because she has delivered one of 2022’s great pop records.

“I hope it lands,” the Cairns-based artist sang in the album’s first single. It has.

Stanley’s 2017 debut was called Full Grown. But her second album is a giant leap forward. “I guess I’m getting older now, I don’t know what that means for me,” she ponders in the opening track, Plant My Feet. What it means is a compelling set of songs about life and love, family and the future, where Stanley is not afraid to expose her vulnerability and insecurities. And after all the pop thrills, she delivers a country coda with the title track, an old-fashioned country lament. It’s a surprising conclusion, but it shows that Greta Stanley is capable of anything.

Real Love in Real Life by Greta Stanley is out April 29 via Double Drummer.

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