Dami Im has one of those truly pure voices which sounds pretty good singing anything, as her time on the ‘X-Factor’ demonstrated. But with a covers album already released and an average set of originals (bar the singles) under her belt, is another cover album really what the doctor ordered?
I’m fairly certain that one of the judges comments during Dami’s time on ‘X Factor’ was around singing the phone book and how amazing she’d sound, but I’m not entirely sure on this one.
Now, before you come calling with your pitchforks, I’m a huge fan of Dami. When I saw her open for John Legend, I was wowed by how powerful amd dynamic her voice is. She was the strongest contestant by a country mile that season but I wondered what Sony would do with her long term. What genre or kind of music would she end up releasing?
The answer (seemingly) is to release an average covers album right before Mother’s Day. I don’t want to sound too cynical, but it has the telltale signs of a tick & flick kind of release.
The Carpenters (while important to the history of music – folk pop to be specific) offer a fairly bland back catalogue of songs. Sure the lyrics are passionate, but this inoffensive collection with relatively safe arrangements isn’t doing Dami any justice.
There’s nothing “wrong” with this release but it’s just so uninspired. And is folk-pop really Dami’s true musical direction? I think not.
Dami is readying herself to perform her original song ‘Sound Of Silence’ on Eurovision this Thursday. The song is very very good and has been criminally ignored by Australian radio. It’s also not folk-pop.
Eurovision opens the door to a whole new market and what would have made logical sense would have been to have ten fresh tracks ready to go in time for her European appearance. Instead, fans will only get a watered down taste of what striking talent Dami has.
‘Rainy Days And Mondays’ just about sums this collection of covers for me.
I’d give it a pass and instead get behind her stellar Eurovision track and hope Sony is listening about what to do next. Does anyone have Sia’s phone number?
VERDICT : 2/5
MUST LISTEN : Sound Of Silence (not on this album)