As a big fan of Quantic, the Columbia based DJ and producer with whom Alice Russell has worked, I had high hopes for this album. Well before the likes of Amy Winehouse and Duffy, Alice Russell has been creating music harking back to the sounds of 60s and 70s funk and soul.
There are some brilliantly funky tracks on Pot of Gold, such as ‘Living the Life of a Dreamer’ with its soulful vocals and catchy rhythms that will be sure to have you dancing. The more gospel influenced vocals on ‘Got the Hunger’ also works well, showcasing Alice’s deep and melodic voice.
However, I really felt this album was let down by her cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’. The song slowly builds with the help of gospel style harmonies and electric guitar, with the resulting sound a rather epic one, but for all the wrong reasons. The album does lag slightly and isn’t as good as her other stuff, but still definitely worth a listen.