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Reviewed by Finn McLennan-Elliott

Emma Davey: The Court Of Love

Reviewed by Finn McLennan-Elliott

Emma Davey: The Court Of Love

Starting strong and never fading, Wellington-based Emma Davey is out to show what she can do, ‘The Court of Love’ a show reel-like display of the genres she can sing. Lyrically the 11 tracks offer up tales of love and romance (from devotion to revenge) as promised, Davey showing her vocal range and skills in some of the slower ballads while giving added spice and energy in the rock and blues numbers. She has surrounded herself with talented guest musicians and a tight, energetic band, most of whom have performed with her under various monikers. Ana Christie of the Balkanistas (which Davey is also a member of) adds violin on many of the tracks, while Neil Billington (Neil Billington Band) lends his harmonica to the blues numbers. Davey has been long active in the Wellington music scene, also founding the Disco Divas. She has performed alongside David Feehan since 1997, and a jazz influence is evident in many of the tunes here. Recorded at Matrix Digital with bassist Martin Robertson helping her with production, this is a strong debut, a sound accomplishment from someone who has crafted and explored her sound and style over many years of diverse projects.