<Vocal House> I’m sure the legacy of being an Idols Top 10 finalist will live with Pixie Bennett for some time. This may be a good thing in an industry where networking is a key ingredient to getting noticed, securing gigs and making your star shine. But it can also have its pitfalls. Especially if your album is not your typical contrived pop or EDM record that the lowest common denominator will understand. Whilst the songs are certainly accessible and radio friendly, A Thousand Paper Birds just feels and sounds more meaningful than what one would expect from an Idols wannabe. Instead of doing the obvious; jump on the electro EDM bandwagon that stations like 5FM bombard the masses with, Pixie Bennett has presented us with a curiously varied and accomplished set of songs. She sure can sing and the lyrics, whilst not intended to be deep (I assume), they are neither contrived nor riddled with clichés either and really do suit the arrangements and overall tone of this 10 track album. A special mention should also be made of Craig Massiv’s excellent production and arrangements which certainly have a lot to do with what is a very cool vocal house album.
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