Alice Russell

To Dust

Alice Russell
If anything, Alice Russell is consistent. The UK soul singer-songwriter is now on her fifth studio album, but crossover success (ŕ la soul-inspired contemporary Adele) has largely eluded her. No matter, Russell is clearly committed to a purer strain of "blue-eyed" R&B — To Dust is unabashedly so. In fact, discard the "blue-eyed" tag altogether; Russell embodies American soul in a richly authentic way. That said, To Dust is a notch slightly removed from extraordinary. Long-time collaborator/producer TM Juke returns to help fashion a project where the title track sounds like gospel-lite, "I Loved You" is '80s soul done right, "Let Go (Breakdown)" aims for up-tempo dance sensibilities/remix aspirations and "Heartbreaker Pt.2" funks with traditional R&B expectations, standing as the most pop-sounding number on the 13-track release. But a smouldering, Prince-sounding number like "Twin Peaks" is emblematic of this entire project: good reaching for great. Not enough to likely attain crossover appeal, but definitely hitting a sweet and soulful spot, Alice isn't Adele, but she doesn't aspire to be. (EMI)
Get It


Coming back soon! If our developer were more machine than man they'd already be here. Useless meatsack.