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GABRIELLE, NINA SIMONE, JANE WEAVER, DIET CIG, ENYA, PJ HARVEY, GIRL RAY, SIA, MADONNA, PHOEBE BRIDGERS, CAROLE KING + WRAPPING FOR CHRISTMAS

Sometimes in the course of writing this blog, I come across something where I am reminded of how important that artist and/or their songs are to popular music.  And the new vinyl reissue of Gabrielle's Rise  album was one such reminder this week.  Originally released in 1999, it was a UK number 1 album and has multi-platinum certification status.  And it's that combination where the minute I put the needle on the record, I was transported back twenty-plus years, and yet it still sounds so beautifully fresh.  From 'Sunshine', to the title track and into 'When A Woman' - three of the album's five singles (as included here as a bonus track is 'Out Of Reach') - it's a glorious ten minute opener. Gabrielle has been out on the road in the UK, on her Rise Again 2021  tour, what a lovely way to end the year with this album back out on vinyl. Nina Simone And Her Friends was reissued this week on vinyl too (as well as on CD and digitally).  I very nearly

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