Francesca de Valence – Own Self (Self Released)
Singer-songwriters of the piano based variety are plentiful. It’s rare in my book to find someone who can do it really well. Francesca de Valence’s debut album “Own Self” showcases her ability to do this incredibly well. It’s beautiful, haunting and really explores all the emotions. And just when you think you got it all figured out she pulls out a number like “Yellow” with an electro drum beat and strings. Then there is the acoustic number “Roadside” which grabs you in the most unexpected way. The production is is first rate with 5 time ARIA winner Paul McKercher at the helm and the use of the drums gives much life to the more swinging pop numbers like “Blind Spots”. Francesca really knows how to write a tune and her musicianship sparkles in this album. After three indepedent EP’s she has added to her skills and knowledge with years of crafting to fine tune her songwriting. It has really paid off. Her “Own Self” album is remarkably powerful and personal. It never overstays its welcome with 13 songs and it draws you in with beautiful melodies and extraordinary vocals. This album is a solid first class album that highlights Francesca’s enormity musically and shows off an artist who will continue to make really great music.