Sauteed in the English Frying Pan
Quite simply, a fine vocal performance from Carroll whose singing and piano playing I’m sure I first watched on YouTube years ago, but never followed up even though I remember being impressed then. It’s the energy in the covers that strikes right away – nothing astonishingly original by any means, but damn good, like the significant scat-version of the standard Georgia. There’s a sweet, sassy offering in It’s a Fine Line where the voice is emotively charged.
There is, however, something quite distinctive in the version of Tom Wait’s great song In the Neighbourhood – which is naturally so firmly steeped in his performance – when Carroll intones in her emotive, sauteed full-volume
Well, the eggs chase the bacon round the fryin' pan
and with its clear English accent. A nice rendition of I Get Along Without You Very Well follows this and closes the strong album.