I've been a big fan of Gemma Hayes since discovering her amazing music via Astralwerks Records a few years ago. It was at that time I also found Beth Orton on the same label.
Like Beth, Gemma has a very appealing & plaintive quality to her voice- it just draws you in. The lyrics are smart, real, & you feel the tenderness underneath.
The song, "Shock To My System"- the single most promoted as the "hit", is a sweet & up-tempo song describing how it feels to meet someone who lights you up inside, makes you understand how little life you had in you before, and then they are gone...Yep~ a feel-good, lost-love song.
But I think my favourite is probably "All I Need", followed closely by "Ruin".
The music & backing vocals are excellent. I have had this playing pretty much non-stop (in my car, too!). Every song is great. Do yourself a favour & buy this CD- then go back & get her others. You will be sooo glad you did!