Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks
Wishes And Wants
Format: LP, Vinyl
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British-Jamaican singer Shirley Davis returns with the rock solid Silverbacks to bring us the follow up to 2016’s ‘Black Rose’ album in the form of ‘Wishes And Wants’. Davis’ strong, distinctive vocals hold their own, especially on the exceptional title track ‘Wishes And Wants’ – a powerhouse, driving minor-chord funk gem, while the Daptone feel of ‘Treat Me Better’ is an infectious, pulsating dancer. The rapid-fire ‘Nightlife’ shows a slight afrofunk feel, especially in the urgent beat and wiry keys running throughout, ‘All About Music’ has a skipping groove that would work well on progressive Northern Soul floors while ‘Smile’ is a dark and light funky crossover dancer. The emphatic ‘Troubles And Trials’ strips things back into deep, bluesy ballad territory that shines a light on Shirley’s stunning vocals while ‘Woman Dignity’ again delves into afro-funk territory with a biting pro-femme message delivered with a punch. This album is brilliant!