Evelyn Laurie is a singer/songwriter from Paisley, in Scotland, and while her style of music encompasses a variety of genres she is perhaps most comfortable performing Jazz infused melodies. I’ve previously reviewed her debut album ‘A Little Bit of Me’ back in early 2019, which you can check out here if you are interested. While you’re at it, if you want to find out a little bit more about the lovely Evelyn, then I suggest you check out this interview I did with her a while back.
Today, I will be reviewing her single ‘Forever Autumn’ which is a cover of a track written by Jeff Wayne, Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass. Perhaps the best known version, and the one from which Evelyn draws inspiration, is Justin Hayward’s rendition, from the album of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds. Evelyn released her cover of the track on 4th November 2022, and you can find out what I thought of it below.
‘Forever Autumn (Cover)’ opens with a light percussive fill, that flows into a bouncy, piano infused melody, that just draws you in. Evelyn’s voice is rich and magnetic, it works with the beautiful swell of the jazzy rhythms. I don’t recall ever having listened to the original, but Evelyn makes a good case for it, as her rendition is truly breathtaking, all at once it is vibrant and high energy, and yet with a subdued internal pacing that really works for it, a nice juxtaposition of melody and structure. It occurs to me that it’s a little like Autumn, caught between the heat and energy of Summer, and the slower, more paced feel of Winter. I thoroughly enjoyed this track, and seriously folks if you get a chance to hear Evelyn perform then I strongly suggest you do so as she’s absolutely magnificent.
So that’s what I thought of Evelyn Laurie’s cover of ‘Forever Autumn’ and if you want to check that out then head on over to Spotify. You can also buy a copy of the track by visiting Bandcamp, which will really help the artist out. Speaking of which, make sure and show your support for the artist, and keep up to date with their latest goings on, by checking out their website and by following them on Facebook and Twitter.
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