REVIEW: Not Your Muse by Celeste

The London singer’s debut album is impressively confident and soulful in sound that is a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end.

Distinctive vocals, songs that are confident and self assured in tone and ambitious from start to finish, Celeste’s debut album is a real marvel to listen to.

Instantly she makes a mark with ‘Ideal Woman’ – a simple but stylish song that has a hint of attitude as she proclaims “Don’t mistake me for someone who cares” while reflecting n why she might not be someone’s ideal woman. This boldness in her thoughts and feelings combined with her distinctive vocals really packs a punch on this album.

Celeste has a wonderful soulful and eery quality to her voice that really works well on songs such as ‘Tonight Tonight’ one of the slightly more uptempo numbers and ‘Tell Me Something I Don’t Know’ a graceful song that shows off the neatness of the lyrics well.

It is an album that features a gorgeous range of emotions and musical tones that keep the album balanced nicely. In particular, ‘A Little Love’ and ‘Beloved’ are understated but sweetly charming, contrasting nicely with bolder songs such as ‘It’s All Right’ (which featured in the Disney and Pixar film Soul) and ‘Not Your Muse’.

But it is also not a record that tries too hard to win you over, allowing its subtle self-assuredness do all the work as heard on ‘Stop This Flame’ – a real surprise addition to the album and really soars in a vibrant way. Each song has been cleverly constructed to ensure that the album is a chilled and unhurried love letter to soul music and how powerful it can be.

Everything has is wonderfully controlled and listening to this album, you can’t help but wonder what would happen if she would let loose a little bit more to explore the extent of the range of her vocals.

Yet despite this, as debut record Not Your Muse shows what a force Celeste is proving to be and it will be interesting to see what she does musically next. It is a fabulously strong first album from the singer.

By Emma Clarendon

Not Your Muse is available to buy now.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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