Gemma Hayes-‘The Hollow of Morning’

Fans of Gemma Hayes debut album ‘Night on my Side’ with probably, like myself, have not been too keen on follow up ‘The Roads Don’t Love you’ with it cheerier songs and over production. Thankfully on new record ‘The Hollow of Morning’ the more vulnerable and depressed Hayes is back, not that I would wish ill of anyone, but this album is the real follow up to her debut. Its delicate, sombre and beautiful, each song a reminder of the Hayes that according to the sleeve notes in ‘Night..’ struggled to get the album out due to anxiety and mental health issues. Here songs like ‘This is what you do’ and ‘Don’t Forget’ are slow breathy ballads and although played with a full band they still sound amazingly fragile. The only down side to the album is the length, the ten songs are over all too quickly and leave you desperate for more, but its definitely nice to have Gemma back and once again hear her brilliant voice on these ten brilliant songs.

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