If there’s anything clear after listening to Ricki-Lee’s fourth album ‘Dance In The Rain’, it’s that Ms.Coulter is certainly not lacking in spirit.
Despite a campaign plagued with the occasional teething issue (hence the lack of ‘Come & Get In Trouble With Me’), Ricki and the team at EMI have pushed forward with a solid collection of party songs and more pensive material.
First single ‘All We Need Is Love’ remains a triumphant pop moment that shows off the singer’s premier vocals to full effect.
Likewise, many of the songs here veer toward dramatic pop mid-tempos (such as the title track and ‘Happy Ever After’). They don’t quite reach ‘All We Need Is Love’ status of pure pop euphoria, but at least ‘Only You’ switches things up with a stomping electro chorus.
Happily, she’s happy to flirt with different sounds to vary the mood. The reggae-influenced ‘Criminal’ is surprisingly catchy, whereas ‘Until We Drop’ sees Ricki-Lee embrace a grittier dance sound which works quite well… Havana Brown watch out!
It’s not all ‘raining diamonds’ amongst the more experimental numbers though. For instance, current radio single ‘GiddyUp’ is an odd mixture of Beyoncé, ‘Do It Like That’ and Miley Cyrus’ ‘Hoedown Throwdown’.
Far better is the pure pop stormer ‘Mirage’, for which Ms.Coulter recently wrote a long Facebook post describing its meaning. As Ricki herself states, it’s an empowering musical mission statement that seems to encapsulate her career to date. Everything is where it should be sonically; the piano, the drum beat, and restrained vocals to keep focus on the words themselves. It is a clear standout, striking that difficult balance of being both noticeably personal for Ricki-Lee and relatable to her fan base.
Her undeniable spirit shines through and closes the album with an exclamation mark.
We especially appreciate the lack of slow and soppy ballads.
Quite frankly, when Ricki-Lee gets it right, which she does on ‘Dance In The Rain’ often, there are few who can do it better.
Keep ‘em coming, Ms.Coulter!
Download : All We Need Is Love, Until We Drop, Mirage.