Amelia White

RHYTHM OF THE RAIN - UK / Europe OCT 27

Americana UK: "Rhythm of the Rain" one of the best albums of 2017

 Amelia White “Rhythm Of The Rain” (White Wolf) Outstanding songs accompany a fantastically soulful, wearily hopeful East Nashville voice. Take for instance Sugar Baby, a modern prison ballad – it oozes Deep South temptation and wrongdoing. Intelligent rhythms and arrangements drive all the songs along – no two sound too similar or dissimilar. Title track Rhythm Of The Rain has a fantastic minor to major turnaround for the chorus. Don’t take my word for it, listen below.

 

Mark Nenadic
December 21, 2017

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"Rhythm of the Rain" is Nashville East Americana says Nashville Scene

Nashville singer-songwriter Amelia White operates in social-realist mode throughout her new full-length Rhythm of the Rain, and you may find its themes relevant in this hour of our national distress. A soulful vocalist who sings like a less self-indulgent Lucinda Williams, White makes music that could serve as the great mean of, well, Nashville East Americana. She pours her lyrics into a pot of condensed soup that could use a little spicing up for the table, but her light touch saves the day. Released this fall in Europe and set to drop domestically next year, Rhythm of the Rain peaks with “Said It Like a King,” a critique of misguided American self-confidence: “Preacher’s face is red / His fists both swing / He says you will fear temptation / And he said it like a king.” Rarely have the standard usages of Americana-ized songwriting been put to more pungent use — pass the soup.

 

Edd Hurt
Nashville Scene "Critic's Pick"
December 2017

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Paul McGee on Rhythm Of The Rain

Lonesome Highway

Amelia White Rhythm Of The Rain  Self Release
 

Amelia White recorded this record in the four days between her Mother’s funeral and her own wedding. Her last release (Home Sweet Hotel)brought great praise and I read somewhere that she “illuminates the ordinary” - a fitting description of her creative muse. This is a really strong release with plenty of dramatic playing from the studio musicians that include Sergio Webb (guitars, banjo), Dave Coleman (guitars, organ, vocals), Dave Jacques (bass), Megan Jane (drums/percussion), Eamon McLoughlin (violin), as the core players supporting Amelia, who contributes guitar and lead vocals.

Comparisons with Lucinda Williams are somewhat inevitable given the tired, road-travelled, texture in the vocal delivery but there is also the sweet refrain of Eliza Gilkyson and if you wrap it all up in a pretty bow – guess what; you get the unique talent of Amelia White.

There are co-writes with Lori McKenna, The Worry Dolls, Annie McCue and Ben Glover, among others, and the quality never dips for a moment. There is compassion, understanding of living life on margins, trying to make sense of daily rush to feel relevant; words tumble down like “his friends are coming to drink their unemployment down on Friday night, American small town” (Little Cloud Over Little Rock); “the poor get poor and the rich get richer; war is stirring back home, the rain taps on my window” (Rhythm Of The Rain).

The final track, Let The Wind Blow, sums up the feeling of a love gone cold in the lines; “Fire went out and the bed went cold, and your eyes won’t meet mine anymore; I put good money on this one, I don't like to be wrong….” This artist is the real deal and running through her tough look at life is a steely resolve to always come out fighting and winning at the end of the day.


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By Paul McGee

December 2, 2017