Rosie Frater-Taylor: On My Mind

Rosie Frater-Taylor

On My Mind

May 3, 2019

Reviewed by Helen Theophanous for Cabaret Scenes

Rosie Frater-Taylor’s exceptional debut album is refreshing and highly enjoyable. From the title track, “On My Mind,” it is clear that here is a very talented and exciting new young singer-songwriter who naturally communicates the feelings and emotions of youth with consummate ease.

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Frater-Taylor’s assured and sensitive guitar playing marries perfectly with her thoughtful lyrics and soulful melodies.

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She has a way of using sophisticated rhythms, textures, and dynamics so that her resulting arrangements perfectly flavor each song.

 “Umami” has all the distinctive elements of Frater-Taylor’s considerable musical arsenal; it displays her jazz/pop credentials most clearly in the live version recorded at Ziggy’s Jazz Club, London, with her exciting vocals doubling in true jazz style with the guitar solo. Strong rhythms abound in “We Want Change,” a youthful anthem, and “Wasted Time,” with its changing layers of textures and dynamics. Her voice has a vulnerability and ethereal quality suited particularly well to “In a Dream,” “Lullaby,” “Falling,” and “One Day” with her voice often doubling on the banked-up vocals.

This debut album is outstanding for the poetic lyrics, song construction, and well-judged production; it is a highly impressive beginning that without doubt will lead to much more from this very talented young musician.

Helen Theophanous

Helen Theophanous is half Greek/half Irish and studied music at Goldsmiths' and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed classical works and lead roles in musical theater. Following a career in Education Management, Helen studied jazz with Lea DeLaria and performs in major London venues, appearing regularly at Ronnie Scott's Bar with the resident trio with whom she made her album “Amici.” Her recent Bacharach show was launched at the Crazy Coqs, where Helen occasionally hosts the late night Open Mic. Clare Martin OBE said of Helen's voice “ ...stunning and classy ..with drama and presence...”