Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's debut single '5 Seconds' is a wonderful piece of work and will do much to put her critics to shame.

The song is like a breath of fresh air to review because it defies all preconceptions of TPT.

5 Seconds is a heartfelt offering which not only shows off Tara's superb voice and song-writing skills, but also pays attention to detail in performance, arrangement and production. (See video below.)

A quick all round synopsis of the song would be as follows.

Tara's song-writing style is reminiscent of Aimee Mann and Gwyneth Herbert, yet vocally connects with the song in the same way as Marianne Faithfull does, with a touch of Nico in lyrical articulation.

The piano and cello arrangement with a loose sporadic combination of sequenced drums and building into acoustic drums (and bass) sounds also points towards an Aimiee Mannesque production but the subsequent build in strings does not conflict or ride roughshod over the piano basis or the beautiful vocal.

TPT's vocal has the right amount of character to hold a narrative and then is lifted by the timbre of her voice.

The song is of  is not afraid to use a quirky lyrical choice or imagination in conveying the lyrics and that demonstrates boldness and I personally am very much looking forward to hearing her album Flawed from which 5 Seconds is taken.

Let this beautiful songstress sing.

Flawed will be available to download from iTunes on the 21st of September.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson at the piano image

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson by Alexander James

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