It is hard to describe Elles Bailey’s genre on this her debut album entitled Wildfire, because it is an eclectic mix of Blues, Country and definitely Soul. There is also a gospel feel to some of the songs. But one thing is for sure, this is one hell of a debut album that showcases Elles’ voice perfectly.
Right from the first track, ‘Wildfire,’ you are taken to the Deep South, with the sound of a box car mixed with wonderful full on slide, which takes you into Elles’ wonderful raspy vocals as she takes the song on to a new level. It’s always brave to open an album with the title track, let alone your debut album, but this is a perfect introduction to the album.
The same punch that hit you with the first track is followed with ease by ‘Same Flame’ with its wonderful mix of Elles’ vocals and some wonderful musicianship from her band.
Track three is a beautiful song with a Gospel feel, as her vocals are accompanied by piano until the band comes in. The track is called ‘What If I’ and is a powerhouse of a track, full of emotion and what ifs.
‘Barrel of a Gun’ has more of a Blues feel, but her voice is more than suited, it seems, to whatever genre she finds herself singing.
‘Perfect Storm’ again brings us back down Deep South with lots of mention of Muscle Shoals. It really is another beautiful song that builds to a wonderful crescendo during the chorus.
Again we are treated to some old school slide to start this next track titled ‘Let Me Hear You Scream,’ which bounds along effortlessly, before we bring the pace down a notch with the next track ‘Shake It Off.’
The slow pace doesn’t last too long as the next track ‘Shackles of Love’ would grace any of today’s modern Country Rock stations, and reminded one somewhat of early Shania Twain.
We are back to a more bluesy feel with ‘Believed in You’ which leads us in nicely to ‘Howlin’ Wolf,’ which is her recognition of all those Blues maestros of the early days of modern music as we know it. It really is a fitting tribute.
‘Girl Who Owned the Blues’ is another beautiful song that highlights Elles’ wonderful vocals before we end this debut album with ‘Time’s a Healer,’ again a slower more thoughtful song, but again sung beautifully, and is a real stunning track to end what is without a doubt a phenomenal debut album from a very classy lady.
Every track is a stand out track on its own, but ‘What If I’ is just a monster of a track in my opinion. I would definitely give this album 9 out of 10 only because I want her follow up album to hit a 10 out of 10. Do yourself a favour and buy this in whatever format is available and give your ears an early Christmas present.
- ‘Same Flame’
- ‘What If I’
- ‘Barrel of Your Gun’
- ‘Perfect Storm’
- ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
- ‘Shake It Off’
- ‘Shackles of Love’
- ‘Believed in You’
- ‘Howlin’ Wolf’
- ‘Girl Who Owned the Blues’
- ‘Time’s a Healer’
Elles Bailey will be touring with Eric Gales and opening at the following dates: Dublin (24th October), Limerick (25th), Cork (26th), Bournemouth (29th), Sutton (31st) and Bilston (2nd Nov).
She will also be taking part in the 4th UK Blues Challenge at the Cavern Club in Liverpool on Sunday 10th September.
AUG 18TH – WORCESTER OLD BUSH BLUES
AUG 26TH – LEEDS THE GROVE
AUG 27TH – COLNE GREAT BRITISH R&B FEST
AUG 29TH – SHOREHAM ON SEA ROPETACKLE ARTS (WITH LUCKY PETERSON)
SEPT 10 – LIVERPOOL CAVERN CLUB
OCT 3RD – LONDON 100 CLUB (ALBUM LAUNCH)
OCT 5TH– SOUTHSEA BULLFROG BLUES CLUB
OCT 6TH – NEWBURY ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE
OCT 7TH – BRISTOL CHRISTCHURCH CLIFTON
OCT 20TH – EDINBURGH BLUES CLUB
OCT 21ST – STOCKTON ON TEES BLUES AT THE BAY
OCT 22ND – LEICESTER THE MUSICIAN
OCT 24TH – DUBLIN WHELAN’S
OCT 25TH – LIMERICK DOLAN’S WAREHOUSE
OCT 26TH – CORK CYRPUS AVE
OCT 27TH – CHELMSFORD THE BASSMENT
OCT 28TH – COLCHESTER LITTLE RABBIT BARN
OCT 29TH – POOLE MR KYPS
OCT 31ST – SUTTON BOOM BOOM CLUB
NOV 2ND – BILSTON ROBIN 2
NOV 3RD – BORDON THE PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE
NOV 12TH – ILFRACOMBE BLUES RHYTHM & ROCK FEST
NOV 18TH – COOLHAM LIVE MUSIC CLUB
DEC 7TH – CHELTENHAM FROG & FIDDLE
DEC 8TH – TORRINGTON PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE
DEC 9TH – CASTLE CARY – CARYFORD HALL