Winter is closing in around us here in Sydney and I have been warmed by the depth of the vocals of Australia’s Suzannah Espie and her band The Last Word. First And Last Hotel is a soulful gathering of ten songs that feature the depth and charm of Ms. Espie’s singing and songwriting. Not having heard her much from her since her time with the fabulous trio GIT, it was an aural surprise for me to hear this precious little package.
Suzannah sings with passion and soul and her band of Dave Foley on drums, Big Boy Lemonade Ogburn on keys, Chris Rodgers on bass and Dan Schulz on guitar makes this record sparkle. The self-penned and borrowed songs concentrate on matters of the heart and are the perfect match for a glass or red in front of the fire (or gas heater in my case).The band are not left to their own devices to fill these grooves, though.