With Bitter Sweet Blues, Gaye Adegbalola has produced an album that starts off where her work with Saffire the Uppity Blues Women left off, and jumps into a new, adventurous space. An expanded cast of musicians and more personal lyrics are some of the benefits to going solo, and Adegbalola makes use of both well. Each song has either humor or power, sometimes both. The only thing that seems incongruous is the mixture of songs with wildly varying moods and topics. While satirical woman-power songs like "Big Ovaries" are empowering and funny, when paired with "Nightmare" – a powerful, personal song about child molestation – the effect is somewhat gross. The feminist politics of both songs mesh rather well, but it is difficult for the listener to shift from laughing at bawdy sexuality to somber empathy in just a few tracks. Overall, though, this is a fine first solo effort that resonates with spirit and emotion.
Bitter Pill is the debut studio album of the Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James. It was released in Ireland on 20 November 2015 and its international release was on March 11, 2016. It was released on Good Soldier Songs and Believe, LLP under exclusive license to Capitol Records, Sony Music and Warner Bros. Records. The album peaked at number 5 on the Irish Albums Chart and made it to number 52 on the UK Albums Chart. It also charted in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Switzerland.