"Amy Wadge is simply a great tunesmith. And a tunesmith of great simplicity, at that. “Hold Me” - a teaser from the forthcoming album of the Welsh/Bristolian singer-songwriter - begins primitively as a downbeat folksy lament, driven by the leisurely summer’s day rhythm of basic acoustic strumming, quietly plodding bass and understated drums. The charming simplicity of the instrumentation is tied well with Wadge’s pastoral vocal, a vocal that possesses the duality of sounding both fractured and on the cusp of wavering through broken emotion, yet also strong, composed and completely empowered at the forefront of the song. From the humble beginnings of the tranquil verse emerges a grand statement of hummable melody as the chorus ascends. Distinct and catchy enough to be a refrain in a chart ballad, Wadge proves here that she can do both sentimental folk and pop balladeering equally emotively."
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