Christina Booth: The Light

Magenta singer’s second, highly personal solo outing.

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The last few years have been tough for Magenta frontwoman Christina Booth.

Recording a solo album while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer surely meant the whole project took on even greater significance. She has evidently drawn on her recent experiences in the lyrics here, while the sometimes painful but defiant emotions evoked by Rob Reed’s musical accompaniments further heighten the songs’ power. They will resonate with anyone who has ever lost anyone or been confronted with the fragility of their own existence. In truth, this isn’t a particularly progressive sounding record – in fact the sweeping, piano-led dramatics of songs such as When The Darkness Falls have the feel of gothically tinged show tunes. But whatever genre you ascribe to The Light, you can’t deny the impact of Christina’s vocals (the despairing, vulnerable Disappeared), or her unflinching observations (Anger In Your Words, Last Breath). That said, this is no dark night of the soul. The final title track is full of redemptive chants and offers a real note of hope, one which will surely seem all the more apposite as the woman herself overcomes her own personal challenges.

Johnny Sharp

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock