That Andreya Triana is appearing on Jools Holland this week should give you a pretty good idea of the sort of perceived identity she has. Triana is part of that BBC2-friendly British soul set that would include your Topley-Birds and La Havas-es, and that’s essentially the level at which she remains on Giants.
Like those particular peers, safety is the operative word for Triana on her new record. Which is somewhat annoying, given her vocal texture is as rich as a Rebecca Ferguson (don’t laugh – that’s a favourable comparison). While Gold is a belting soul track, it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. Probably from Ferguson, come to think of it.
But it’s also that texture that keeps Triana thoroughly interesting, and her sincerity pours through with the same viscosity as her vocal – That’s Alright With Me is a bittersweet slow-dance, and Heart In My Hands would be lost under someone else’s control. The rest? Essentially a ready-made harvest for Radio 2 as completely inoffensive lunchtime soul.
Giants by Andreya Triana can be ordered here.