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In these difficult times, Laila Biali releases an album that has a lesson for all of us / Kind Of Jazz

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In these difficult times, singer-songwriter Laila Biali releases an album that has a lesson for all of us. She's had a roller-coaster few years with success and adversity mixed together and the result is her latest album: Out of Dust.

Biali is clear about her inspiration. She says: "These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss. I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest trials can produce something meaningful, if only to make us more empathetic to the struggles of those around us." 

And so comes Out of Dust, right when we need something uplifting. The first track is Revival and that's exactly what we need right now, with socialising out of the question, bars, restaurants, music venues and even churches closed. Our own revivals will have to take place while we self-isolate.

There's a beautiful cover version of Gregory Porter's Take Me to the Alley,  the only track not penned by Biali herself. But for now, it is the album's final track - Take the Day Off - which we all need. In these difficult times we all feel the need to "pull the sheets over your head". So take some time off and listen to Out of Dust.

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