Nerina Pallot - Stay Lucky (Idaho Records)
Add Date: 10/24
Focus Track: 12, 2, 7
Format: Top 200, Triple A
Artist Info: Meet Nerina Pallot, a smart artist who talks straight and writes beautifully. Her new album is Stay Lucky. It’s her sixth, and she’s releasing it at the age of 43. The Jersey-born, London-based musician played her first gig in 1995, which means she’s been doing this for 22 years. She wrote Stay Lucky, played guitar and piano and synths and percussion on it, produced it, and, after relationships with three different major labels, she’s releasing it on her own label, Idaho Records.
Working with her producer husband Andy Chatterley, Pallot wrote two songs, one of them the title track, for Minogue’s 2010 album Aphrodite. She admits that that experience, plus spells writing with Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful) and Rob Davis (Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head), helped Pallot improve her chorus-writing skills. “But that didn’t translate to a radio single for me. ’Cause my heart wasn’t in it. ’Cause that’s not who I am.”
Stay Lucky was recorded over two productive weekends in London’s legendary RAK studios. The speed belies the lovely, unhurried expansiveness of an album that is, truly and deeply, her most personal, most warmly emotional album yet. The players include three members of Michael Kiwanuka’s touring band, Steve Pringle (keyboards), Alex Bonfanti (bass) and Lewis Wright (drums, vibes), with the latter taking time out from his other day-job, as a member of acclaimed young British jazz quartet Empirical. The backing vocalists are Markus Feehily (ex-Westlife) and Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light). The bulk of the string arrangements are by Sally Herbert (Florence & The Machine, Bat For Lashes), who’s worked on all of Pallot’s albums.