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Released: 18th October 1999.

Gabrielle - RiseShe is one of the UK's finest pop singers so it's not surprising that we've all warmed to the fantastic sounds of Gabrielle. Her unique brand of soulful pop has become refreshingly consistent over the years, but with her new album "Rise", she further enhances her reputation as a true talent.

Essentially a mellow collection focussing on the break-up of a relationship, Gabrielle shines on "Should I Stay", "Over You" and the addictive first single "Rise" (featuring a clever sample of Dylan's "Knocking On Heaven's Door").

The breezier "Sunshine" and the Motown-pop of "When A Woman" and "Falling" are equally rewarding. It is plainly obvious however, that not all tracks included on the record are brilliant and are just album fillers though for the sake of the six tracks mentioned above it's money well spent.

* * * * (Lachlan Sutherland)

Her third album is no great improvement on her pervious attempts, but that would have been a near impossible feat alone! What we're left with is a fantastic selection R&B/pop tracks, including the debut single from the album, "Sunshine", and the No. 1 smash hit, sampling Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door", "Rise".

Five years after her previous album, she has been given a long time to work on it and, on the majority of the tracks, it shows. The singles are an example of how good the album gets but one or two, noticeably the tracks nearer the end of the album, tend to sound a bit stale and pre-packed. Nevertheless a generally good album which, on the whole, lives up to her standards and, in places, is even better!

* * * * (DS)

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