The Message - Andrea Begley
Andrea Begley’s debut showcases to perfection the soft, sweet easy-listening sound that saw her take The Voice crown in 2013.
The partially-sighted Irish folk singer, who hails from a tiny village in County Tyrone, came to attention on the BBC talent show.
Aside from the originally penned title track, the album is a selection of covers of popular songs complementing the 27-year-old’s style, while sounding fresh, and in some cases, even better than the original. It’s impossible not to sit up to numbers such as The Lumineers’s Ho Hey, Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark and Jake Bugg’s Lightning Bolt, while Sarah Brightman’s Angel is pure aural beauty.
Her version of A-Ha’s Take On Me is another highlight, while Once’s theme tune Falling Slowly sounds like it was written for her. An album of covers might disappoint in some quarters, but The Message is, nonetheless, a gorgeous debut.