beth-jeans-houghton

While the music industry seems to have no shortage of songstresses with pretty faces, wardrobe idiosyncrasies and distinctive tunes, for my money, that sort of thing is still an acquired taste. Beth Jeans Houghton is as well known for her impressive voice as she is for her wacky costumes, but coupled with her music – a kind of heavily embellished neo folk affair – her vocals, which sound classically trained, come across all billowy and over done. Houghton’s range seems to encompass twee, kitsch and self-consciously pretty (a personal pet peeve) depending on whether she’s being backed by a ukulele, a piano, or a violin etc. Fans of Florence (and her flipping Machine) may absolutely love this record. After all, it is big and ballady and quirky and sweet. Nauseating is another word for it. the overriding flavour being one of pure sugar, far too sweet for my taste – and don’t get me started on quirky., the overriding flavour being one of pure sugar, far too sweet for my taste – and don’t get me started on quirky.

By Polly Rappaport