- 08 Feb 19
As a much-touted, much-streamed, and much-loved artist, Rosie Carney is one of the most powerful voices in Irish music. For confirmation, look no further than her debut album, Bare.
Sparse though it is – there’s rarely more than an acoustic guitar and piano at work in these songs –warmth and intimacy are ever-present throughout this album. In the opening track, ‘What You’ve Been Looking For’, you can literally hear every intake of Rosie’s breath between the lines; it makes you follow the movement of her voice and hang on like she’s whispering conspiratorially in your ear.
This intimacy works so well for the artist that she makes singing about her hard-won battles seem easy. In ‘Bare’, an album highlight, her voice works through tones of disillusionment, confusion and resilience all in a matter of minutes. In ‘Awake Me’, a song which the singer revealed is about the “strangle-hold of depression”, she manages to distil her experiences of this illness into something which is introspective but revelatory, dark but with an ultimate catharsis.