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It received a general release via Insomnia Music on 5 June 2020 and marked her first release following the chart success of her second album Running with Scissors almost six years previously. Since wowing the judges and the nation with her unique vocals on The X Factor in 2011, Janet Devlin has established a devoted fanbase.

Here lyeth my confessional of the sins I want so much to be free from - and to finally forgive myself for. Julie is a familiar face on the Northern Ireland music scene including volunteering with many of Belfast's arts festivals. Then thrown to the lions, the ensuing years would see this young woman battling alcoholism, mental health issues, hitting highs, and plummeting to terrible lows.

It’s been nearly a decade since Northern Irish singer Janet Devlin’s audition on the X Factor, and about six years since her last album Running With Scissors. From here the album begins to lightly dip in and out of pop elements; this first being heard in the glistening and magical Cinema Screen. Devlin asks on Honest Men, which addresses the sense of displacement she experienced while initially floundering. While the album is certainly great in its own right, there is a sense that you’re not getting the full experience without the documentary. On highly personal songs, she opens up about her struggle with alcoholism and depression, about which she also wrote her autobiography My Confessional.

On this day 60 years ago, legendary engineer/producer Ken Scott started his career at Abbey Road at the age of 16. There is an accompanying book also - which delves into the details behind the events that inspired the songs, excerpts of these chapters being read by Janet on her highly successful Youtube channel here.In an interview with A Bit of Pop Music, to be published later this week, Devlin explained how she wanted Confessional to be her truthful story, but at the same time an album that is enjoyable to listen to from start to finish. In 2020, before the album's release, she released an extended play named after the album's third single "Honest Men", which contained the title track and two previously released singles, "Confessional" and "Saint of the Sinners".

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