There are many lines within this album that ring loud and true. Alice wrote “I Am Mary” with Greg Becker, a song about a real life incident. In the song Alice delivers one of those powerful lyrics when she sings ‘life’s a fabric, but when I grabbed it, all I got was a handful of threads’.
“Angel” tells of the yearning for a child that has yet to be conceived. ‘Somehow I know that somehow you can hear me’. It’s heartrending, it’s painful, and yet it is also a song of faith and hope. The beautiful “Trying To Hold Back Time”, the resolute “Forgiveness”, and the revealing “Hard Way” all have their own powerful messages.
This album will have you gazing into the half distance reflecting on moments in your life when you could have taken a different path. Musically the style roams nicely between the gentle country flavour of “Wrong Time”, the shambling guitar on “All About Me”, or the California country of “Love Remains”.
Dan Dugmore’s pedal steel adds wave upon wave of gorgeous texture, whilst Alice contributes splashes of harmonica, above her powerful, yet soothing vocals. In fact her voice is an intoxicating mixture of passion, confidence, vulnerability, and soothing sensuality.
Apart from the very opening line of the album, the song that will doubtless attract the lions-share of attention must be “If I Could Talk To God”. It's message is timely in a world full of madness when faith is a hard and often unfathomable thing to hold on to. Written by two children of church families it asks the very question we would all ask, and the one that no-one can seem to answer.
‘Everywhere I look, children hungry, people hurting, is it working?’ Through the power of music she then turns the question on its head and as God answers with devastating simplicity we are pitched into an upbeat inspirational song about love.
Alice Peacock’s journey has already produced three highly acclaimed albums. Nashville is clearly a good place for her to be as she has produced an album that takes her another step forward along the path. It’s an album all about this crazy, yet beautiful world we all live in. Real life observations from a real life troubadour.
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