Award-winning alt-folk-pop singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Rachael Sage unveils her latest musical creation, “The Other Side.” This full-length studio album boasts 15 tracks that transport listeners to the ’70s and ’80s retro sound. Americana-style pop hooks and folk aesthetics are heightened with acoustic guitars, fiddles, tympani, and trumpets.
The journey begins with the whimsical and romantic “Whistle Blow” about the necessity of boundaries to defend oneself against power dynamics. Sage’s delicate yet passionate vocals sing over melodic and lush slide and acoustic guitar riffs.
Throughout “The Other Side,” Sage collaborates with accomplished musicians, including guitarists Jack Petruzzelli (Patti Smith) and James Mastro (Ian Hunter), trumpet player Russ Johnson (Elvis Costello), and bassist Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo).
The ninth track, “No Regrets,” is a reflective ode to life’s joys. It features a soothing realm of piano keys and cinematic melodies. Sage’s vocals breathe life into lyrics that express love for existence, weaving imageries of cherished moments.
The album concludes with the poignant “I Made A Case.” It’s a Bacharach-esque duet with UK pop icon Howard Jones. The song unfolds with piano and swelling strings, creating an elegant backdrop for the vocal interplay between Sage and Jones. As the tempo remains slow and rhythmic, Jones’s masculine vocals provide a grounding force, while Sage’s voice, soft and beautiful, adds a tender touch. The collaboration reaches emotional heights as Sage’s vocal range rises, delivering a powerful expression of love.
Review By: Naomi Joan