Hannah Aldridge - Gold Rush

On her 2014 debut Razor Wire, Hannah Aldridge showed the kind of brave artist she is, scrapping a whole album of material and starting again. With that album's follow-up, Gold Rush, the Muscle Shoals native has continued to follow her reset path. Another of the growing number of musicians to use crowdfunding to make their way outside of the systems Aldridge has used the PledgeMusic platform to engage with her fans. There's also the more old fashioned route of playing live shows, something the 30 year old is embracing wholeheartedly - her UK tour taking in a "secret" show in High Wycombe.

All good stuff and the sign of an artist who believes in herself. To Gold Rush then, does it deliver on the hard work its creator is putting into owning her own career? Quite simply, yes. It really does. Tracks like opener ‘Aftermath' and ‘Burning Down Birmingham’ put to good use the crack band Aldridge has recruited. The switch up between those rock heavy songs and the country blues of ‘Dark Hearted Woman’, the acoustic-led drama of ‘The Irony Of Love’ and the bleeding heart beat and riff of ‘Living On Lonely’ mirrors the depth quality of a Jason Isbell album. Add in a selection of on-the-nose lyrics about people and relationships and you've a set of almost perfectly judged songs. There's even a touch of classic-era Fleetwood Mac about ‘No Heart Left Behind’. Quite simply, this is heartfelt and of the highest quality; music made with love.


A heart on the line, rocking, rootsy, second album from a major talent.


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