"... Where her fragile, piano-laden songs recall the bleak beauty of Mitchell's 'Blue', delicately plaintive vocals crystallise the whispering ghosts of forgotten folk heroines into something strangely modern, unique and enchanting..." Chris Moss, Harlow Star Sound Check
"Here's one of the quirkiest and most compelling story-tellers we've heard on this show. A great girl. Simply unmissable!" ........meermusic.com
In My Defence is Rebecca's debut album. With 11 original songs from the fairytale oriented 'Wolf' to the surreal dream state of 'Shake the Corpse'; from the stark desperation of the unrhyming 'Today' to the 65 piece choir of 'Paperchained'; from the quietly stated anger of 'U Sed' to the Beach Boys-esque vocals on 'For Maws', it's clear that the primary goal of this album was "quality" - and it achieves just that - lyrically, musically and harmonically. It is well played, sung, recorded and produced.
Rebecca wrote all the songs, plays all the pianos and sings all the lead vocals plus backing vocals. She also co-produced, co-engineered and mastered the album at home in her front room. Rebecca's team on this album include her husband Dave in the roles of basses/guitars drums, percussion, backing vocals, co-production and co-engineering, Roisin Quinn and Karen Lenihan as 50% of the 65 piece choir and Mick Gallagher, of The Blockheads and The Animals, who played all the Organs.
The quality theme continues visually with a set of water colours painted by local artist in residence, Matt White (no kidding) as a commission for the CD artwork.
Full of honesty, beautiful voices and talented musicians, this album is a remarkable achievement and, when considering that it is a first album and the recording location, doubly so.
Bluff Ultimate. 2007.