Becca Stevens Band : Perfect Animal


96kHz/24-bit FLAC, Universal Music Classics/Decca 4724275 (supplied by

Well, this turned out to be an unexpected treat: Becca Stevens plays multiple instruments to an annoyingly high standard, but does so with such style and in so easy-going a manner that the result is anything but annoying. She also sings superbly, too: her voice is warm and lush, but packed with expression, and capable of wonderful harmonies with accordion/keyboard player Liam Robinson and bassist Chris Tordini. Oh, and she writes great songs into the bargain, such as the attractively clever title track of this, her third album, which was recorded in multiple studios (and indeed three separate states) by producer Scott Solter. It’s a fine multilayered crossover between jazz, folk and rock, combining Stevens’ originals with great covers – her version of Steve Winwood’s ‘Higher Love’ has both style and solid bass, and like the whole set an open, informative balance. AE

Sound quality: 85%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

Recorded in five different studios in three US states, and possibly a digital/analogue mix, the final multitracked master is offered here at 96kHz although there’s little content >30kHz. Some spurious tones and signs of clipping. PM