Lazy And Mellow ***
Edinburgh's Rosie Nimmo cut her teeth singing for various blues and jazz acts across the capital, a period that seems to have been incredibly influential on this, her first debut outing. Lazy and Mellow - which delivers exactly what its title suggests - imports much of the lounging rhythms and laid-back air inherent in both genres and blends it with Nimmo's alluring vocal and lyrical whimsy. The hushed entrance of Spider And Fly gives way to Nimmo's quirkier side on the fiddle-led Pavlov's dog, but the real beauty of her voice is revealed in the toned-down dreaminess of tracks like Nothing To Fear and the title cut. At times, the album follows fairly standard acoustic fare, keeping safe distance from any serious experimentation. However, the addition of rich, yet subtle instrumentation helps to add colour to Nimmo's delicate canvas. Altogether, Lazy and Mellow makes for ideal easy listening. (Original here)
The Skinny. Ryan Drever, Wed 10 Feb 2010
Lazy and Mellow ****1/2
Echoing, delightful vocals and simply stupendous instrumentations, this hugely enjoyable album is a must for all.
Releasing here her first self-released debut album, UK artist Rosie Nimmo has produced a fine set of twelve tracks that really do sound as though as they have been around for some time due to how good they are. But, in fact, they are not old at all. What an achievement this album is.
With a top-notch Americana sound to it, Joy seems as though some of the best in romantic bluegrass have had some input into this track. With Mairi Campbell's fiddling exceptionally delivered, this is one heck of a relaxing yet pleasurable song. The groove of Girl on a Bicycle certainly has a Dylan twinge to it. With a counterculture feel about it which wouldn't sound out of place if performed by The Turtles or The Seekers, this sure is one fine track that best demonstrates Rosie's talent. With an ace beginning, More has a somewhat jamming sound which I'm sure came from Rosie and her band playing together during countless rehearsal sessions. A track for nodding along to that's for sure, as well as raising a smile as it really is a corker of a song.
Having graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1997, Rosie sure has used her musical paintbrush here to paint an exceedingly poignant and certainly delightful picture on a canvas that you never tire looking at.
Lazy & Mellow ***
SASHAYING along somewhere between folk, jazz and acoustic pop, velvet-voiced Edinburgh singer-songwriter Rosie Nimmo, after paying her dues as a jazz and blues singer on the pub, club and festival scene over the years, has released a debut disc which indeed justifies its name, the title track itself floating in a limpid drift.
There are one or two weaker numbers and the rhythm guitar work can sound rather functional at times, but the opening track, Spider and Fly, engages right away, as does Dangerous, while Pavlov's Dog swings along nicely. Darker-toned are More, a bluesy shuffle laced with Marc Pilley's waspish electric guitar, and Nothing to Fear, which stalks along to an edgy tango rhythm over Mairi Campbell's fiddle.
Jim Gilchrist - The Scotsman
Rosie Nimmo makes her debut with Lazy and Mellow, an apt title for a collection of her own jazzy songs with support from producer Marc Pilley, Martin Lennon and Mairi Campbell. The album is polished and sophisticated but with a surprising warmth in songs like 'That Shy Girl' and 'Joy'.
From Issue 18
Lazy And Mellow
(Kick My Heels)
Comparisons with Sandy Denny and Dory Previn are big claims to make but are not unfounded on the evidence of this solo debut for Edinburgh’s own Nimmo, a haunting collection of spare, subtle songs meditating on the magic and trials of life.
The List 04/11/09
Lazy And Mellow
(Kick My Heels)
Lazy And Mellow it says on the cover, and you’ll get no argument from me on that score.
Right from the start, the honeyed tones of Rosie Nimmo’s voice trap the listener’s ears in the sweet web of Spider And Fly; thus ensnared, we glide through the Reinhardt/Grappelli mood of Pavlov’s Dog and on to some seriously strong songwriting in the shape of Dangerous, Joy and the title track.
For some time now, the Edinburgh-based singer with Rosy Blue has been storing up songs for a solo release and here it is.
Perhaps the acoustic guitar is a bit rudimentary, too heavy on the strumming, particularly when sitting behind the precise diction and soft caress of Nimmo’s voice; she has the breathy quality of a cocktail jazz seductress, particularly when she slips down into her lower register.
But that’s only a quibble; this is a jazzy, rootsy, laidback concoction that makes good use of subtle arrangements and guest players, particularly Mairi Campbell on fiddle and viola.
Alan Morrison 25/10/09
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