The first time you listen to Louise Aubrie, there is an immediate liking of her retro, yet current sound. A fusion of rock pop and indie melodies, Aubrie's Time Honoured Alibi, is an album of material that is post-punk, but hearkens to the music of yesteryeard in certain areas. "Where Are You," the open is full of vigor as Louise eases into the instruments that play around her. There is a stressing in her voice as she dexterously says "I can't carry on like this." "Lovestruck," begins with a heavy playing of guitar reminiscent of Joan Jett. There is something about this song that is just fun, refreshing rock produced and engineered with precision.
"Keep It Coming," is alternative sounding, with hand-clapping effects and a strident Louise being rowdy and restrained at the same time. Her temperate voice is somewhat discreet on this cut, as is the same for "Circuit," a melancholic serving. "Circuit" is controlled and laid-back Aubrie that is kept under wraps, but whose vocals are rustic simplicity. "Tonight At Ronnie's" has Aubrie wanting to rapidly get to 'Ronnie's' under the watchful eyes of London.
"The Searns," is Louise Aubrie taking off the restraints that a few of the tracks here have found her in and unleashing a raucous rambunctiousness that is vociferant in its presentation, but at certain points overwhelming as her voice becomes trampled by the production. The final two tracks, "In Honour" and "Gold" are two of the three mementos that the listener should carry with them from Time Honoured Alibi (the third being "Lovestruck"). Both songs are peerless and grandiose in what they set out to achieve: a showcase of Louise Aubrie's delightful sound.
Louise Aubrie has established herself as a native of London who has received significant praise from US and UK critics in the music scene. Time Honoured Alibi was mixed by Cam Blackwood at Voltaire Road Studios in London. Blackwood has worked with artists such as Cee-Lo and Florence and the Machine and works up a masterful presentation for Louise.
Final Grade: A-
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