by Erin Costelo
Highlight track "Fighter" is a punchy number, starting off with a simple but captivating five notes on piano. The theme of love as a fight runs throughout the record: "Lay down your weapons slow," Costelo sings in "Move," and she makes the curious lyrical comparison "every night we love like traffic cops, first we start and then we stop, then we start and then we stop, then we yield to all the things that we are not" on "Everyday."
Costelo has a knack for classic songwriting methods, à la Randy Newman and Carole King, unapologetically adhering to the formula piano plus great vocal chops plus lovelorn lyrics to equal quality. There's nothing wrong with sentimentality paired with a neat little piano hook.
If you're pining for a record that is smooth and soulful, give Down Below, The Status Quo a spin. At the very least, you'll be impressed by Costelo's voice, if not her formidable turn here as arranger, producer and, particularly, songwriter. (Venue Records)"
-Exclaim! Mar 2016