Old-school emotional tour-de-force peppers the target
An actress since the age of 17, with credits including The Commitments, War Horse, Sherlock Holmes and Pulp Fiction, Derry’s Gallagher has a parallel singer-songwriter career in the Van Morrison tradition of summoning epiphany from the classic sounds of America’s streets.
From its title onwards she’s no shrinking violet, her third album swaggering like Carole King in her golden years, a blend of blue-eyed soul and Broadway showstoppers with hammering piano and New York Latino boom-chick-boo-boom-chick drums.
Though an inspirational goldmine, it’s also a tough act to follow, and the earth only seismically moves on the sweaty Stranger, and outstanding Gallagher co-write with producers Conor Brady and Cian Boylan. As for the mostly fine other nine songs, drive-time Radio 2 gold beckons.
– Mat Snow, Q Magazine