Thursday, 14 July 2011
Nerina Pallot - Turn Me On Again
Nerina Pallot's Year Of The Wolf album is without a doubt one of the best records of the year. That goes without saying. I saw a great review of it the other day where it was described as the next logical step for anyone lured in by Adele's songcraftery - and sure, both records excel in both their subject matter and the way they pair it to a luxurious, retro-tinged production.
But in truth, Nerina's record holds far, far more depth to it, and songs like Turn Me On Again - the next single to be taken from the album - are the living proof of that.
I had the good fortune to catch Nerina live a couple of times last month and the affection she had for this track in particular was clear. She treated it with such tenderness, such delicate playfulness, that you couldn't help but fall in love with her.
With its miniature detail of all those wonderful little things we notice in the people we feel for, the song feels refreshingly honest; a breezy new take on just what it means to be in love.
I love Nerina's own description of what the track is all about, 'It's essentially a song about shagging, but specifically the bit before you've seen the goods and you're in that flirty, chemistry soaked phase. The phase before you find out they still live with their Mum and/or have a wife and kids tucked away somewhere.'
There you have it - it's a song about shagging; plain and simple. That flirtiness she talks about is there in every ad lib and harmony, oozing out of the lyrics - and we love the track for it.
Leaping from the hushed beauty of the verses to the rousing emotion of the choruses, just as she did in massive airplay hit Put Your Hands Up, Nerina takes us with her on her journey through love. Classy and enchanting in equal measures, Turn Me On Again stands as a real life-affirming anthem.
Nerina also heads out on tour for a series of Autumn dates later this year:
Opera House, Jersey - 16 September
Oran Mor, Glasgow - 2 October
Academy 2, Manchester - 4 October
Academy 2, Birmngham - 5 October
Shepherds Bush Empire, London - 6 October
Turn Me On Again is released on the 22nd August.