Abby Christo first came to prominence when, in 2015, she appeared on X- Factor NZ as part of duo Mae Valley who has significant success with their debut EP and played alongside country stars such as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini. She released her debut solo EP a few years ago and is now working on the second and Note To Self is the first to be taken from that. I must confess, the first time I played this I was not a fan of the production as it seemed too over the top and poppy for a country song, but the more I listened the more I realised she has a wonderful voice and the song comes across very well indeed. I know I have a personal dislike of songs I feel are too produced, so to get a second opinion I played it to my amazing wife who immediately said, “I REALLY like it”, which is very high praise indeed.
The video is in the same country/pop crossover vein in that we find Abby on a farm, sometimes driving an old American car, sometimes laid on a sofa (amazing what you can find on farms), miming in a field, or on a road, changing outfits three times, and it has the polish which comes through on the song, while also maintaining a very modern feel. Country purists may find this too close to the pop scene in one way or another, but I can guarantee that after a few plays you will also be singing along on the chorus.
7/10 Kev Rowland