Elly O’Keeffe’s debut album When We Live, is an utterly
convincing achievement. Its 11 solid and expressive tracks
are the brilliantly realised life’s work of a young woman from
Knocknagree in County Cork.
Singing in her own unaffected natural accent, O’Keeffe’s
abilities to perform with genuine heart and an assured
individuality marks her out. Her soft-edged and powerful
voice is well-controlled but generously expressive, well
recorded and tightly backed up by regular collaborators and
some fine session musicians.
The album is well-paced, moving between powerful ballads
and grittier up-tempo songs, with a balance between
acoustic tracks that make use of cello and viola textures
and a harder rock sound. Stand-out tracks include the moody
blues of In My System and So Called Friend and the raw
emotion of You Went Home.
This fresh voice has every reason to find an international
audience as broad and enthusiastic as she has found at
Nicki French Davis, Cork Examiner