Emily Barker - Sweet Kind of Blue - The Daily Express

An Australian singer-songwriter, who has worked extensively in Britain, Barker may be best known for her theme tune to the Kenneth Branagh detective series Wallander.

On her third solo album she decamps to Sam Phillips’s iconic studio in Memphis, where Elvis famously recorded. 

The result, initially, is a little odd, Barker’s voice seemingly too folky and soft-edged to live with the gutsy r’n’b of the opening Sweet Kind Of Blue. 

But then comes a superb ballad, Sister Goodbye, dedicated to pioneering gospel rock’n’roller Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and suddenly the album comes alive. 

The Daily Express
21 May 2017