Sarah Griffin
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Sarah Griffin

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"Ryan Farley"

"I really like these new songs" - A&R - Warner Chappell publishing

"James Brennan"

‘The album sounds great...It’s really solid and you have some fantastic tracks on there.’ - Secret Garden Party

"Julian Peck"

“I have to mention Sarah Griffin...she has the most potential to be commercially successful in 2010” - Bestival / Radio one

"Album Review"

Sarah Griffin’s debut album Above The Parapet is a musical masterpiece. From the opening bars of ‘A Thousand Ways’ to the dying refrain of the aptly named final track ‘Over You’, the listener is taken on an emotional journey, at once both uplifting and inspiring. Drifting through indie, folk, blues and pop, Sarah Griffin crosses many genres and truly offers something for everyone.

I have seen Sarah play live on a number of occasions, and have eagerly anticipated the arrival of this album. However, I was not prepared to be blown away so completely by the quality of this perfectly structured record. Above the Parapet is one of the most accomplished albums I have heard in a very long time, irrespective of the fact that this is a debut. Sarah’s voice is hauntingly beautiful and she is suitably complimented by her own superb arrangements, faultless harmonies and very talented band.

The album opens with ‘A Thousand Ways’ – a tender song about never quite finding the right words to tell someone how much you truly love them. The gentle percussion together with the subtle and tender harmonies make this song musical therapy – the perfect antidote to any stressful day. ‘Read Books and Grow’ is toe-tappingly brilliant – with dexterous mandolin and driving beat this song sets a musical challenge defying you not to dance. ‘Poet’ changes tempo again and gives way to a pretty guitar, which literally plucks at the heart’s strings as if it were part of the instrument itself. The real emotion in Sarah’s voice makes you feel that you have lived this song.

As the album continues, the tempo and style continue to change, yet weave together in a wholly harmonious collaboration. Never giving over to monotony and never dwelling too long on any one emotion, this multi-talented artist creates an accomplished and fully rounded sound. Comparisons could be made as a female Paulo Nutini, Artic Monkeys meets Lily Allen, or Sandi Thom, but none of these even start to do Sarah Griffin justice. As the final track begins with simple guitar, an unexpectedly bluesy, powerfully rich voice breaks through and never more has Sarah’s vocal talent been so aptly demonstrated. With searing dexterity and a delightfully unexpected twist midway through, you’ll find yourself hitting repeat as soon as the track ends.

I realise that this review is full of enthusiasm and passion, but this album is truly superb. The songs feel like old favourites even on a first play and have all the makings of instant classics. This is a brilliantly structured album, and I for one simply cannot recommend it highly enough.
- BH One


Above the Parapet - Debut Album, released 31st March 2010



Originally from South Yorkshire, Sarah moved to Bournemouth to study for a degree in Journalism and it was there that she began writing and performing. Three years on, she’d gathered a band of skilled musicians willing to support her live, and together they began gigging further afield, at festivals such as The Secret Garden Party and Beachbreak, sharing the stage with acts such as The Noisettes, Peggy Sue and The Pirates and Nick Harper.

After extensive gigging, Sarah chose to self-fund and produce her first album, going away with the band to record residentially. She says of the decision: “Some people think it’s a bit strange that I took out a 12 grand loan to make an album. But plenty of people spend that amount of money on a new car; I’ve got a really crap car but a record that I’m proud of.”

Response has been positive too; here are some nice things that people have said about Above the Parapet and Sarah Griffin:
‘The album sounds great...It’s really solid and you have some fantastic tracks on there.’ James Brennan, Secret Garden Party
“I cannot stop listening to this album; it’s the most impressive debut I’ve heard in a long time” Caroline Verdon, Heart FM
“Along with The Longest Day, Sarah Griffin has the most potential to be commercially successful in 2010” Julian Peck (of Camp Bestival and Radio one), at the Dorset Music Awards Final

Sarah's music is best described as folk infusted pop/indie. She has been compared lyrically to a female artic monkey, morrissey and lily allen.

Her vocals are unique, but she cites Joan Armatrading, Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling as comparitives and influences.

Once you have heard Sarah the first time though, you would definately know it was her on a second listen.