Hands up who remembers Tanita Tikaram? Yeah, thought so. You can
all put them down now. The dreamy crooner who stole many a girl's
heart with her 80s anthem 'Twist in my sobriety' is back to
Can't Go Back will be her first album to be released in seven
years, and it's been a long while since the folk pop
singer-songwriter rose to fame at the age of nineteen, with her
1988 debut album Ancient Heart selling over five million copies
It's nearly 24 years and seven albums later, and we're still
thrilled to hear her deep, sultry voice. There's a distinctly
old-school feel to this album, especially with ballads like Make
The Day and Can't Go Back. The slow-moving title track is tinged
with melancholy, reflecting on the past: "No, you can't go back/
And pray that people change."
Dust On My Shoes, a song about wanting freedom, brings a familiar
country flavour to the album. Country is also combined with soul
with Dusty Springfield, Motown and Chess Records amongst the
influences underlying the album. A bit of rock and roll is added to
the mix with the more upbeat opening track All Things To You.
Overall, Can't Go Back appears to be a slightly nostalgic nod to
the past, full of songs that are easy on the ear. It's great to
have her back.
Can't Go Back will be released on September 3. Dust On My Shoes is
available to download now (see video below).