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Review: 'HEALY, MARTHA L.'
'Keep The Flame Alight'   

-  Label: 'Frog Eye Records'
-  Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: '5th October 2018'-  Catalogue No: 'FROG002CD'

Our Rating:
Written and recorded in Nashville, this is a polished but predictable set of country songs in which a supporting cast of music city session musicians produce efficient yet fairly uninspired backing.

With plenty of homely autobiographical references, the central theme is that of casting caution aside to follow the heart more than the head. Nowhere is this more evident than in the title track where Healy sings of being just glad to be alive" and firm in her resolve to tap into her dreams and ignite the inner fire of creativity.

No Place Like Home is an affectionate ode to Healy's Scottish roots praising the warm fires although she seems less enthusiastic about the rain and narrow outlook of the local people.

She defines herself as A Woman With No Shame but her less than satisfying love life is documented in songs like Fall In Love Again and Unmade bed.

In consequence, the hopefulness feels a bit forced on We Will be Okay (The grass keeps on growing ......The birds keep on singing") and while I've no reason to doubt the authenticity of her Don't Give Up message to a friend in the closing track, the sentiment doesn't exactly score points for originality.

Martha L. Healy's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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HEALY, MARTHA L. - Keep The Flame Alight