“Brighton artist Donna Fullman has knocked us sideways with this lovely number. Her album Inner World is out next month and is full to the brim of equally haunting and beautiful tracks. It’s the voice that does it for us, pure, classic and bewitching.”
Ruth Barnes, Amazing Radio (TheOtherWoman Show)
“By The Fire is very haunting, so much so in fact that in such a simple way it chills the heart and soul completely, forcing the listener to give their full attention. Donna Fullman has an exceptional voice, it’s beautiful, and we’d love to hear more of it.”
Andrew Nicholls, SQ Magazine
“This is sit down and listen to music. Candles and red wine. With the exception of Hello Shanghai which is more ‘embrace your partner and dance seductively around the room’ type number. Donna Fullman has laid down a marker of intent.”
Neil King, FATEA Magazine
From the ethereal artwork and exotic cover, this EP, ‘happiness + victory’ transcends the everyday and leads the listener down a mystical labyrinth of song. Bells, chimes, and an aura of enchantment open the disc, with an Eastern backbeat reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt. Donna could easily be singing this first track, ‘Who’, in the forest shown on the CD cover. The second tune, a song dying to hit radio- ‘Stone’ switches gears into a bit of British pop influence worthy of Lulu’s ‘The Boat That I Row’. ‘Changing Man’ follows, follows with a hint of Latin rhythm and spectacular guitar work. The next song is ‘Home’ which tells of a philosophical quest with a beautiful lyrical arrangement. The EP closes with ‘Hello Shanghai’, a very Asian inspired piece. In all, ‘happiness + victory’ gets four stars from me-absolutely one of the best EPs I have ever come across. A delicious mixture of musical influences which leaves the listener longing for more.
If you are a fan of Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Nicks, Loreena McKennitt, or Duffy, I know you will adore this EP by Brighton’s next star-Donna Fullman.
We Like It So There - Review by Cindy D’Adamo
“Integrity, talented songwriting, wit and a total lack of ego - something that is rarely found in this business - but Donna Fullman has it in spades. Performing live on SouthLive she blended poetic lyrics with the romanticism of Woodstock and the heady notes of the far east.”
Kairen Kemp, Radio Presenter, BBC Sussex
Entering the Centre Stage I'm greeted by the silence of eighty people. One voice is singing though, that of Donna Fullman, herself playing three days before the launch of her new ep 'Happiness + Victory'.
The four or five songs I heard made quite an impression on me. Vocally, and once or twice musically I could hear Natalie Merchant or Isobel Campbell and (in the odd uptempo moment) Belle and Sebastian, though it was the lack of ostentation that made them hugely watchable rather than any apparent attempt to fit into a musical pigeonhole.
Donna didn’t appear to be trying too hard when she sung, but there was a soulfulness and innocence to her voice, as well as a lyrical and melodic charm that was quite captivating.
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