Emma Donovan is oozing with the charisma and passion of the great soul singers of yore. Reflective – contemplating the good, bad and indifferent of the world around her – in Donovan’s voice, it’s all worth listening to. Let’s get this set from the beginning; this is not a straight up and down soul album. To start there’s no horn section, instead there’s lead guitar. Also the tracks average around the five minute mark, unlike the usual three minute standard.The Putbacks is a record which disregards the ‘soul-revivalist’ tag by bringing its own swagger. This task comes down to Donovan’s band, who lay down a foundation which incorporates a groove heavy palette for her honest and open lyrics to take a hold. One of the soul records of the year!