The debut release from London singer Koukie fuses sultry jazz vocals with an overriding sense of playfulness to create a theatrical but pleasing album. This innate joviality resonates throughout the album, particularly on the single Stop You With Love, Koukie's Song and the up-tempo finale, Free, in which she lauds cherries as "teardrops of heaven". One slight detraction is the lengthy intros to certain songs: for instance, I Forgive You and A Man In The Suit, although the latter's Bond-esque feel more than compensates. Fun, classy and delightfully conducted, Songs From An Empty Stage is, as Koukie says on Eclipse, "insanely divine".
/Review by Ian Holt/