Clara Rose – Queen Of The Late Night Radio
Clara Rose Monaghan is a talented vocalist from Ireland who takes a few styles of roots music and blends it into a soulful and cohesive whole. Her latest EP Queen Of The Late Night Radio manages to cram a wide range of moods into its four tracks.
Opening number Never Let You Go is a good old-fashioned soul belter, before Mama Dear temporarily mellows the mood with its heartfelt combination of country and gospel. Some soaring blues harp and Hammond organ enhances the simmering bluesy swing of the title track and Wallflower Waltz closes the record with a tender yearning – it’s this song that particularly shows off Clara Rose’s emotional range as a singer.
Throughout this EP, she boasts a deep, smoky voice that knows exactly when to tone it down and when to belt to the balconies. Combined with strong songwriting and excellent musical arrangements (lots of crisp drums and atmospheric twanging guitars), this is an independent release that is well worth your time.
Queen of the Late Night Radio is available for purchase on iTunes.
by Matt Thrower