The West End star’s debut album is highlights the different elements of her vocals perfectly.
Filled with soul, a great depth of emotion and powerful vocals that adapt easily to each song performed, Marisha Wallace’s debut album is immensely enjoyable.
The album opens with a haunting rendition of ‘Somewhere’ which features a lovely arrangement that gradually brings the orchestra in effectively – really highlighting the drama of the climax of the song wonderfully. It is a performance that really sets the tone for the rest of the album that is filled with such a diverse range of songs.
While her love of musical theatre is by no means forgotten, Tomorrow is an album that is filled with a treasure trove of songs that show a confidence in the styles of music that she enjoys performing and suit her vocals well.
With songs such as the soft and tender ‘Rainbow’, the listener gets to see a gentle side to her vocals, while in contrast ‘My Declaration’ and ‘Faith’ allow her to really let the power and range vocally to be let loose fully. Throughout it all, there is a boldness and confidence that is really impressive to hear.
It does feel as though it is an album that has been split into three parts: her love of musical theatre, powerhouse songs and more spiritual songs – yet each different element doesn’t feel disconnected as it all flows very easily.
There are some really surprising arrangements to be found as well. This includes a really slow and thoughtful rendition of ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical Annie – which is usually considered quite perky and optimistic. But for this version, it takes on a more hopeful vibe – particularly with the delicate piano accompaniment. Meanwhile, her version of ‘Purple Rain’ really allows the listener to sit back and appreciate the lyrics.
But there is plenty of more upbeat numbers as well that really impress. In particular, I enjoyed the vibrancy of ‘Alive’ which sounds like a real celebration of life and it really soars from start to finish. This is equally matched later on in the album with ‘I’m free’ which has a fantastic disco vibe to it.
Meanwhile, her duet with Michael Ball on ‘The Show Must Go On’ is filled with power and drama, with their vocals nicely contrasting with each other. In places perhaps musically, it feels slightly overpowering but it is certainly an interesting interpretation of the classic Queen song.
But for me the real highlights include the bold version of ‘You’re the Voice’ and sincere rendtion of ‘Reflection’. Both show just how deeply Wallace is able to immerse herself vocally into the songs and their meaning.
Overall, Tomorrow is an album that is filled with plenty of fresh interpretations of familiar songs, while showcasing Marisha Wallace’s vocal range – making it a real delight to listen to.
By Emma Clarendon
Tomorrow is available to buy and download now.