Must read: Pony Step interviews Siobhán Donaghy.
She's the real deal, a pop artist who really wants to make art. And she makes a fair (and fantastic) point that her brilliant album Ghosts - my 2007 Album of the Year - seems to foreshadowed Florence and the Machine and Bat For Lashes. And she is recording something, though it's not discussed.
There is comment I take issue with. Her simplistic belief that Sugababes are...
...just three people that will be maneuvered by the people around them. That's why I can never look to their success and admire it or want that. Whatever producer they work with, they sound like.I'd actually say the Babe's voices override the various styles they try... no matter what Sugababes do, it's recognizable as them. So why does Siobhan have a go at them? Aside from having different musical goals, she says:
[Keisha] never wanted me in that band and made my life a living hell. It’s funny... all these years on, I’ve grown up and I’ve left it all behind me and I’m not bothered by it... I like to think about the good things in life, always focus on the positive, and Zen and all that shit. But I’ll never forgive her.Again, excellent interview by Pony Step
UPDATE: The song she mentions, Questa Notte, recorded by Ludovico Einaudi on piano, is really beautiful. You can find it on iTunes.