Britta Phillips strikes out with some solo material after many years working with Dean Wareham (ex-Galaxie 500) in Luna and Dean & Britta. Luck & Magic is split evenly between original songs and covers of the likes of Dennis Wilson, The Cars and Fleetwood Mac. Her airy voice fits the adult contemporary music style rather perfectly. On Double Feature Records.
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‘Luck or Magic’ is, surprisingly, Britta Phillips' debut solo album; she has worked with her husband Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500) on three Dean & Britta albums; also on several film scores and as bassist with Luna before that. Wareham plays guitar on the album. Phillips plays bass, keyboards and guitar as well as co-producing and singing. Phillips has, it must be said, a beautiful voice which reminds me of The Cardigans’ Nina Persson.
The songs recorded for the album comprise five original Phillips songs and five covers. We’ll gloss over the ill-advised cover of The Cars’ Drive though, I think. Songs by Dennis Wilson, Agnetha of ABBA and Fleetwood Mac were better choices. Of the album’s title, Phillips had this to say: ‘Luck or Magic sums things up, perhaps… a lyric fragment that jumped out at me one day, because it relates to both love and music for me. I moved to NYC as a teenager... I had a lot of luck, but no magic.’ Songs like ‘Daydream’ and ‘One Fine Summer Morning’ are elegant on a collection which generally reveals more magic than having anything to say about luck.
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