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10-12-2013 // Album: Beccy Owen - IMAGO

This year is slowly coming to an end. Bloggers are looking back, the people that claim to know what they're talking about are already looking ahead into 2014. And I'm just sitting here enjoying another 2013-masterpiece.

If you are wondering who Beccy Owen is, you can could use Google. You could look into the 4 items I've written about her in the last 7 months. You might even have a look at her Facebook, read her Twitter or visit her website (if she has one..). But the best way to really get to know her is by listening to this album.

Beccy Owen doesn't hold back and tells us all about herself. The good, the bad and the ugly. She wraps her little personal stories in breathtaking music. Making this a musical experience beyond the mind or ear. It's much more than just a collection of music, it's a 31-minute trip that takes you through all the emotions Beccy has gone through in the past. And that's a lot to take, but it's completely worth it.

I remember listening to her 2002-debut this Summer over and over again and being very curious and a little scared about her upcoming work for IMAGO. Could she really write an even better collection of songs? I have been disappointed by so many artists in the past when they'd release new music. Beccy Owen is the exception to the rule, this is even better than anything I've ever heard from her. I've instantly forgotten what that debut album sounds like. When I think Beccy Owen, I think IMAGO. I think talent. I think beauty. I think I'm a little bit in love.

I'm not this fanatic about an album that I've barely heard as it was released 24 hours ago. Beccy shared a review version with me a few weeks ago and I'll admit it took me a few days before the love started to bloom. It needed a few spins, but I'm sure I've heard the album more than a 100 times in just a few weeks. Yes, that does mean about 4-5 times a day for 3 weeks straight. It is thát good (I'm getting a little Jeremy Clarkson-vibe here).

I remember tweeting about "You Can't Afford To Feel It" and saying it's not as beautiful as the live version that was used as a pre-release teaser some time ago. But I'll have to take that back. Now that I've heard it a few dozen times I love the album version at least as much as the live version. Her voice is warmer live, but the extra layers of an album version work very well here. Just like any other note on this album, it's perfect as it is.

I apologize for being this euphoric about an album. But as it doesn't happen very often that I'm this passionate about a record I guess that makes it even more clear that I'm absolutely in love with this album. I know I've used the phrase Best Album of the Year before (just a few weeks ago for Jeroen Kant, but this is the last time and this is just a little bit more real than any other time: Best Album of 2013. No doubt about it.

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