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I Stand Alone


Artist: Sasha McVeigh
Label: Hot Stuff Management
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 25 May 2015

Sasha McVeigh is a UK country singer who has been taking the US country scene by storm. Two and a half years ago, McVeigh took a two week trip to Nashville with a plan to perform a handful of shows. What resulted was two weeks of solid bookings. Since then she's returned numerous times for extended periods in 2012 and 2014.

I Stand Alone is McVeigh's debut album, and I have to say I'm surprised that, firstly, it's taken so long and, secondly, that it required Kickstarter funding to see the light of day.

McVeigh's vocal talents should have seen several studios fighting over her in a bid to get an album out into the market. It could be that McVeigh wanted to develop an album that was personal to her and her fans, and if that's the case, then this album was well worth the wait.

I Stand Alone contains 12 songs (42 min, 33 sec) and, McVeigh has stated that it chronicles the stories of her life so and compiles them into "one, big rhyming diary."

'I Stand Alone' is probably this album's most instantly recognisable Country-esque track. Likewise, you'd be forgiven for thinking that 'You Only Live Once' was being performed by an American artist. McVeigh has the raw talent to challenge some of America's most notable acts.

However, the final track 'You Only Live Once (Working Tape)' almost blows things out of the water, as the rough, live singing doesn't quite stand up so well in places.

Country fans should give this a whirl. It's only a matter of time before this talented singer becomes a household name.


Nick Smithson

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