Josephine released her single What A Day earlier this summer and this week she is back with her debut album Portrait.
The Manchester born singer song-writer shows off her fantastic voice and writing skills in a self-reflective record that should put her on the musical map.
When We Were Trespassers is the opening track on the album and it is a beautifully simple song that shows off that beautifully rich and full vocal.
It is a stripped back track with Josephine’s voice the driving force - however she hasn’t recorded the whole album this way.
A Freak A is a light and energetic track that has an infectious beat and allows Josephine to bring more of a gospel sound to her voice.
Josephine has incorporated many different genres on this record and Original Love and I Think It Was Love has more of pop vibe.
Original Love is perhaps one of the most radio friendly tracks on the record not to mention is shows off the versatility of Josephine’s voice.
House of Mirrors brings this fantastic album to a close as Josephine’s voice just soars - supported by a piano and a great string arrangement.
Portrait is an album that has not got carried away with the production side of the record instead it the instrumentation has been delicately selected to support Josephine’s vocal.
This album is all about the beauty of Josephine’s voice and her song writing skills instead off all that being lost under an over produced back track
There is a real timeless feel to this album and Josephine’s musical talent just shines through on ever track - there really isn’t a weak song on this fantastic record.
The charts may be littered with solo female artists at the moment but Josephine is one of the standout artists of 2012.
Portrait is a beautiful and personal record that will sweep you away from the opening note to the very last track - this is really not to be missed.
Josephine - Portrait is out now
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw