You only really need to listen to the first few tracks to begin to appreciate the strength of her song writing. The album opens with the title track, a song that is guaranteed to get under the skin of any lovers of acoustic music. Her ability to create a scene within a few lines is also immediately apparent as the song gently unfolds.
There are occasional shades of Joni Mitchell, and I mean that as a high compliment, but even stronger elements of an inspired songstress in her own right.
“Shipwreck” has Chloe asking, “Are you the rose or the thorn? Are you the teacup or the storm? Are you the one worth waiting for? Are you the shipwreck or the shore?” The memorable “I’m Still Here”, a beautiful “Dance With Me”, and an infectious “It’s Not Too Late” all maintain the undoubted quality on offer.
Throughout Outside Chloe delves further into that golden seem of creativity and as a result the album is a consistent, nicely produced excursion through her music. Further highlights include the beautifully painted “Walking After Midnight”. Meanwhile, “Nothing Really Matters” would have done Woodstock proud and arrives with Beatlesque orchestration.
“I Won’t Let You Down” sums up exactly what Chloe has achieved here with a solidly impressive set, delivered with her now familiar vocal strength that leaves you wanting more. The wonderful “Born In The Morning” is music to watch the shapes in the clouds as you fly away to some sunny place.
If any of the above rings your bell then you really shouldn’t miss out on Chloe Hall. Please have a listen by visiting her official website.