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The One, The Only


Artist: Chantal Claret
The End Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 01 April 2013

Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy, The One, The Only... see Chantal Claret putting a modern twist on early ’60s femme-pop. This is an interesting album that brings the swinging '60s bang up to date.

The album was originally release in America in June 2012. And now, almost a year later, it's available to UK fans. Drawing its inspiration from such a rich era of music, there's obviously going to be comparisons to other songs from the period. For example, 'Honey Honey' is not a million miles away in style to The Supremes's 1966 hit 'You Can't Hurry Love'.

I have to admit that I was a little put off by the cheesy introduction to the album - a sort of fake over the top live concert intro which sounded incredibly naff - but then I suspect that was the point. However, it doesn't fit well with the rest of the album.

Personal favourites include the fun 'Pop Pop Bang Bang'; the swinging 'No Love Lost'; and the more modern offering that is 'Never Gonna Let You Go'.

This is an interesting album, which contains 13 tracks and lasts for 41 min, 57 sec. This is a fun, funky album that has a lot of heart and soul.


Nick Smithson

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