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Again, Melancholy: Sarah Cracknell's Favourite Albums
Gary Kaill , November 4th, 2015 03:40

Off the back of releasing her second solo LP, Red Kite, the singer-songwriter and Saint Etienne member diligently jogged her memory, picked her 13 top records and made annotations. She talks Gary Kaill through her notes


Laura Nyro and Labelle - Gonna Take A Miracle
It's just an amazing collaboration and they're all covers, as far as I'm aware, soul and R&B covers. But the combination of Labelle's and Nyro's voices is just fantastic. I'm a massive fan of her voice. It's really, really beautiful and uplifting. 'I Met Him On A Sunday': that's my favourite track - it's probably everyone's favourite track. The whole album has that slight gospel thing going on, which is great. I never got to see her play live because she died in the '90s but my husband did and he says she was amazing. So yeah, one of my absolute favourite voices. That said, as I've been going over my list these past few days, and reconsidering artists like Laura Nyro, I realise there aren't that many female singers on my list. I'm pretty outraged with myself, to be fair, but I love Laura Nyro, love her deeply.