Thing About Clouds
'Singer-songwriter Clare J Mee plies her trade as a busker. With one unaccompanied album (The Unquiet Brave) to her credit 'The thing about clouds' marks her solo recording debut with a band and all her own self-penned songs. It has much to recommend it. Couched somewhere between the 'cool' grooves of jazz and the acoustic warmth of folk, Mee's record also boasts a sure 'pop' ethic in it's excellent arrangements. The success of any album however lies in it's songs and it is here that the album scores highly for Mee writes melodically with a good ear for strong choruses and a lyric intelligence that means not only does she have something to say but says it well and memorably. She also knows a thing about texture and so on songs such as 'Quietness' the use of a cello underpins the vocal with a superbly understated grace as does the sublime acoustic guitar that accompanies Mee's tender delivery on the excellent 'Only something I'd heard'. On such songs Mee emerges a's fine interpretive singer. 'The thing about clouds' is suprisingly accomplished, well worthy of attention.' Review by Colin Hall (Bullit and What's on in London) 'Astute singer-songwriter' Guardian, July 2004 'Cool jazz grooves and folky warmth from this talented songstress' Time Out, London, June 2004.