EP Review :: Abbie Broom – Dorothy’s Heels/Pocket Change

“I can see this cropping up on Suedehead, in between ‘I Don’t Care If You Forget Me’ and ‘Dial A Cliche’, but that’s really besides the point isn’t it?”

Having found herself an unlikely addition to the Revival Tour in London last October (courtesy of Mr Fallon), Abbie Broom seems to have gathered plenty of positive attention. All signs point to big things coming from the young singer/songwriter and, if Dorothy’s Heels/Pocket Change is anything to go by, it’s easy to see why.

Right from the off you’re enchanted by Abbie’s voice. Her soft vocal style works fantastically with the, reference heavy, lyrics and once it grabs you it’s hard to stop listening. Though the fairy-tale references do flow thick and fast, they never feel forced. Each of them cleverly rolls into the next with ease, adding a sense of depth to this simple folk song, helping to involve the listener even more than usual. My only gripe with the track is the line “…cheating the world out of a fairy-tale conclusion”, which is almost directly lifted from Frank Turner’s ‘Rock & Roll Romance’.

‘Pocket Change’ allows us to see another side to Miss Broom and her songwriting, and is a much more sombre affair compared to the EP’s opener. Abbie’s vocals have a haunting quality as she describes the world around her, taking note of outdated fashions, cars and architecture. Lyrically, it’s very much like an early Morrissey song. I can see this cropping up on Suedehead, in between ‘I Don’t Care If You Forget Me’ and ‘Dial A Cliche’, but that’s really besides the point isn’t it? What I’m trying to say is that it’s a fantastic track. It’s one that really shows of Abbie’s range, both as a singer and a songwriter.

The final track on the EP is an ‘alternative’ version of ‘Dorothy’s Heels’. Though I can see why it was included, it wasn’t necessary. The additional drums do nothing to improve the track, and the guitar has a very washed out sound. All in all, not a great take on the original. But that’s why it’s the alternative version, right?  That being said, this is a fantastic release from a great singer/songwriter. It’s clear now why she’s getting so much attention. Be sure to check this out.

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