Jeannine Barry – Bittersweet EP Review


We’ve been long-time fans of Jeannine Barry at Belles and Gals and we were delighted when she announced that she would be recording a new EP. This EP was part of a pledge campaign and it’s clear that the London based singer songwriter is hugely popular such was the interest in the campaign – meeting and then beating the target.

The EP starts with the beautiful ‘Bittersweet’, the title track. This song is co-written with Robbie Cavanagh and has a soulful, almost gospel feel, a song where Jeannine Barry literally opens her heart, while you’re left in doubt whatsoever that this lady has an amazing voice. Watch the video below to see for yourself.

Next up is ‘Burning Bridges’, another slower song which in some ways seems like a continuation of the opening track, the gentle opening and the heartfelt vocals just drawing you in. Jeannine Barry does a brilliant job of portraying emotion in her voice and this really comes to the fore in the opening of the EP.

‘Shake You Off’ sees a change to a more up-tempo number and I really like the feel of this track, a song co-written with Lisa Wright. This song is catchy but there is so much more to the song than that, great lyrically and great production too – calling a song ‘catchy’ can be almost detrimental at times, but this is certainly not the case here. I can’t wait to hear this song live.

The final track ‘Holding On’ starts with the lyric ‘Driving down the darkest road, turning over every stone’ and has a haunting feel to match the lyric. This is a real change in direction and shows off another side to Jeannine Barry’s talent, while the brilliant backing vocals really add to the eerie atmosphere of the song.

Overall I have to say that the EP is just brilliant. You’ve got a real mix of different styles within the four songs, while at all times the fantastic vocals of Jeannine Barry take centre stage. Perhaps the highlight of the EP is the final song, the haunting feel really raising your eyebrows the first time you hear it. This EP was released just after the voting started for our annual awards, but we already have a real live contender for next year’s winner – this sets the bar.

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