Review of The Partys Over E.P. Single by Akayzia Parker

Akayzia Parker
The Partys Over E.P.
(Chrysalis 30/01/05)

Akayzia Parker The Partys Over E.P. Single

A silky soulstress grabs the thoughtful, relaxing and heartfelt pop mantle from Tracy Chapman and to a lesser extent; Faithful Hill and gives it a coating of alluring dreaminess. Opener; 'Tender' does exactly what it says on the tin, it slowly and seductively opens the doors into Akayzia's wondrous world, with help from the slow and wistful vocals that build up slowly like her contemporary Johnathan Rice, as she makes a simple plea for some kid glove treatment.

A funky and almost R N B offering 'Criminal', displays a frivolous and free spirited side to the heroine, on the back of some sharp guitars and throbbing bass lines. However, the most ear-catching and compelling side to this gripping songwriter is captured in 'Maybe' that floats away on the back of a wandering acoustic backing. Sharp and snappy lyrics decorate the offering of six sumptuous songs, to make for a pleasing and largely relaxing finished article.

David Adair

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