Natalie Williams ‘Secret Garden’ UK CD (Eastside)

Although there is no denying Natalie Williams’ vocal capabilities her previous albums have followed the formularised soul/R&B path a little too closely for my liking. Her 3 rd instalment however, ‘ Secret Garden ‘, sees her branching out to include much richer and more complex arrangements. This is particularly evident on cuts such as the title track, ‘Psychedelic Love’ with its luscious strings and the amazing ‘Butterfly’, all coming off like a Minnie Riperton/Rotary Connection classics.

Andy Allen