Since her 2007 debut, the British singer/songwriter Philippa Hanna has released three studio albums (Watching Me, Taste, Through the Woods) , the EP Out of the Blue, and a live DVD, and published two autobiographical books. I reviewed Following the Breadcrumbs. She toured with artists like Lionel Richie, Wet Wet Wet and Collabro. She has just finished supporting former X Factor winner on her UK tour. For her latest album, Speed of Light, she leaned on crowd funding through Rocketfull. The album was recorded in Nashville, and fits perfectly in the contemporary pop format. Think of Ellie Goulding meeting Britt Nicole. Listen to Love You, the title track or Even Now for a typical result. Lyrics concentrate on hope in adversary times, forget the cheesy or bubble gum teenage pop themes.
Power pop in Let You Lead, catchy radio friendly tunes in Arrow, the first single, and Perfectly. in which she testifies: “I won’t worry when things don’t go my way… no need for me to second guess you’re not the God of second best… I don’t always know what you’re doing but you’re doing perfectly”. Kevin Max contributed to Embers, quite a surprise to see him featured on this pop album.
Next to a lot of electronica there’s a piano as well in the ballads Something Better and It Is Well, rendering the classic hymn It Is Well With My Soul. An organ introduces the gospel flavoured Run to You, which closes the eleven fresh tracks. The album spins at the speed of light. Don’t forget to push the repeat button.