Scarlet - Chemistry
Scarlet - Chemistry (Warner Music)Following the critical acclaim of their debut album Naked - and the chart hit Independent Love Song - British female duo Scarlet has tried hard to establish itself as a more clean-cut version of Tori Amos or Alanis Morissette.
But, with the release of this second album, it is clear that the chemistry between vocalist Cheryl Parker and keyboard player Joe Youle has not turned out as well as might be expected.
With Stuart Ross on drum and bass, Jolyon Dixon on guitars, and produced by veteran musicians Craig Leon and John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses), Scarlet's Chemistry is a mixture of sex and women's liberation.
Apart from the title song, other tracks such as Bad Girl and I Can't Save You From Yourself show the group trying to prove to the audience that a woman's heart can be tough and wild while other tracks such as Do You Think Of Me and You're Not Him are tales of heartbreak that expose their sensational side. To a certain extent, Parker's voice is reminiscent of early Chrissie Hynde, although she still needs to be polished and put more emotions into her vocal performance.
As the first single from the album, the mid-tempo Bad Girl fails to deliver the passion the group possessed on Naked. The title track even falls short of other songs such as The Man In Me, Do You Think Of Me or the upbeat-tempo I Feel A Little Sentimental.
In fairness, the album has a unique feeling and most of the songs are for easy-listening. If you have the time and money to spare, Chemistry might be worth giving a spin.