FRIDAY ALBUM REVIEWS: Jack Savoretti + Picture This

Photo: Tom Craig

Jack Savoretti - Singing to Strangers (BMG)

Jack Savoretti retains his folk charm - but with the addition of big pop production on his sixth album 'Singing to Strangers'.

The English singer/songwriter - who is of Italian decent - channels his hero, Italian maestro Ennio Morricone on the spaghetti western-esque 'Greatest Mistake'.

'Candlelight' and 'Love On The Line' see Savoretti head into boyband territory, but sophisticated and matured and of course with his folky rasp.

Bob Dylan's co-write 'Touchy Situation' is very Dylan - but Savoretti's vocal is mellower.

The record ends with a live version of Savoretti's Kylie Minogue duet 'Music's Too Sad Without You' - which featured on the Australian pop princess' country-tinged LP 'Golden' - taken from a performance in Venice, adding to the romantic, sensual feel of the record.

Rating: 8/10

Photo: Katia Temkin

Picture This - MDRN LOVE (Island Records)

Irish pop quartet Picture This sure know how to make catchy, radio-friendly bangers.

They are more than worthy of the title of Ireland's answer to One Direction.

Lead single 'One Drink' is a certified bop - but they are no one-trick pony.

The song 'Nevada' sees the band experiment with 80s' synths and huge anthemic drumbeats, perfect for the band's forthcoming 5-night residency at the 3Arena in Dublin.

The vocals and production on 'Dance Away With You', and much of the songs on the 12-track LP, is comparable to OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder's style - baring a striking resemblance to their 'Stop and Stare' era.

Australian star CXLOE's feature on 'Someone to Hold' is truly magnificent, the marriage of her vocals with frontman Ryan Hennessy’s puts the impressive power ballad up there with the best pop vocal duets of all time.

Rating: 8/10

Both albums are released on March 15.