Saturday, 27 June 2009

Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy (Big Dada)

Speech Debelle’s half spoken half rapped album is an intimate portrait of life on the breadline, as a twenty something year old woman in South London. Debelle’s deft lyrics are backed by the production dexterity of the likes of Lotek Hi-Fi and Tunng. At times heartbreakingly sad and at others powerfully uplifting, this is an album that demands attention from start to finish. It’s hard not to be touched by efforts such as tortured Go Then, Bye, a number that describes the sickening monotony of Working Weak and friendship meets deeper attraction of Buddy Love. Speech Therapy is a powerful portrait of life in the late 00s from Ms. Debelle.

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