REVIEW: SHERIDAN (Sheridan Smith) ★★★
Sheridan Smith has been lighting up the stage and screen for the last twenty years and has won a whole host of awards for her television and theatre work. From Two Pints of Larger and a Packet Of Crisps, Gavin and Stacey and more recently Cilla to Legally Blonde and Funny Girl in the West End, Sheridan is one of the nations sweethearts that will always be adored.
“I remember when I lost my mind” – the opening line to her solo album SHERIDAN. An appropriate tongue in cheek reference to her famous 2016 melt down, whilst starring in the Musical Funny Girl at London’s Savoy Theatre, which led to her taking some time off from the show after quite a public breakdown.
Sheridan is a eclectic mix on songs and genres. From pop acts Gnarles Barkley, Cilla Black, Robert Palmer, The Carpenters and Rufus Wainwright to more musical theatre like La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen and Dreamgirls there is something here for everyone to enjoy. Sadly though, as a collective album, the song choices feel a little disjointed and the album feels like it never really knows what it wants to be and what it is trying to say.
There are some cracking tunes on the album though. Dinner At Eight by Rufus Wainwright is beautifully done and the Dreamgirls classic And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going is nicely done as a more stripped down, personal feel than the big belty show tune we expect to hear. Dear Evan Hansen’s For Forever sounds a little strange out of context of the show and perhaps other songs from this show could have worked better but its a nice rendition.
Whilst the mixture of songs may not work particularly well on an album, it will surely work well on stage in concert (Sheridan embarks on a UK tour in April 2018) where a mixture of music like this will feel much more at home.