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Dorothy Leigh, A Second Chance
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Feburary 2011: Music Review - A Second Chance:
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This is the debut album by vocalist Dorothy Leigh, and contains a collection of original songs by a team of songwriters who have supported Ms Leigh's breakthrough. While the album has a strong jazz vibe the overall sound is old school soul and pop in style. Ms Leigh is a singer in the Dionne Warwick style - smooth and sophisticated, literate and eschewing the current 'street style'. The ten songs are by Janice Robinson, Juanita Fleming and Alva Nelson, her musical director, duetist and a musician with an album previously reviewed on The Borderland. Ms Leigh has a pleasing voice, not dissimilar to the Motown or Philly sounds of Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Sheila Ferguson of the Three Degrees and the songs have a nostalgic 70s soul-pop feel to them. The songs are: Whenever We Touch, A Second Chance, Don't Hang Up, Home Again, Gone Away To Stay, I'm Gonna Love You Forever, Never Did I Ever Stop Loving You, Don't Call Me A Fool, Confession, Time To Go. Obviously the theme of the album is love and its after effects, but the persona in these songs doesn't seem to spend too long moping about, she gets over it and starts looking for love again. A Second Chance is an assured debut album and contains a selection of very good songs that are radio friendly to my ears [but then again, I dislike much of what passes for modern pop!]. Dorothy Leigh is undiscovered gold and should be big. One of the best debut albums I have heard in a long time and highly recommended.



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