Mayhem CD (2011)

Artist: Imelda May

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Label Universal Uk/zoom
SKU 218116722
UPC 602527529257
UPC 14 00602527529257
Format CD
Release Date 7/19/2011
Author Imelda May
Technical Info
Engineer Graham Dominy
Producer Imelda May
CatalogID 001574302
Lable Name Decca
Released 07/19/2011
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 14s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602527529257
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Imelda May (vocals, bodhran); Darrel Higham (guitar); Dave Priseman (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion); Al Gare (double bass, upright bass, bass guitar); Steve Rushton (drums).
Audio Mixers: Gavin Goldberg; Imelda May ; Darrel Higham; Andy Wright .
Recording information: Embassy Studios.
Illustrator: Mark Higenbottam.
Photographer: Chris Clor.
Imelda May's sophomore album offers more of her jazzy, unabashedly catchy retro pop, so sincere and energetic it gives many 2000s pop stars a run for their money -- though May somehow underexplores the rockabilly vibe, which is her prime gimmick, after all. Not that she abandons it: the first three cuts all sport muscular, bouncy basslines and that rock & roll sleaze that complements her powerful vocals so well. There are also "Sneaky Freak" and the closers, though, admittedly, one's a remix and the other a cover of "Tainted Love," no less: a cheeky pick that gets a great tongue-in-cheek rendition here. But all in all, it feels like May just needed to get the rock out of her system and jump into other things, just because she can. Some numbers are classic restaurant jazz, so strong and sensual that, had it been the 1930s, gangsters would have been all over her, and even Roger Rabbit would be prompted to thoughts of infidelity. There is also a waltz; a take on spy movie themes; a tune that sounds almost like a funeral song (though May can't really be depressing even if she tries; she has too much vitality); and a set of country numbers, which are the least impressive of the lot, but still have a low-key allure. The bottom line is that some of the immediacy of her rockabilly jazz is lost once she goes for romance and seduction, but Mayhem is still a fresh, invigorating record that is worth picking up, no matter what your musical convictions are; it's that good. ~ Alexey Eremenko
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.84) - "Fluent in all things retro, from jump blues to torch ballads to rockabilly, May masterfully conjures the spirits of Peggy Lee and Gene Vincent."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Imelda May can voice rockin' blues, slap-bass rockabilly and smoky torch jazz and she can do it incredibly well."
Disc 1
1 Pulling The Rug
2 Psycho
3 Mayhem
4 Kentish Town Waltz
5 All For You
6 Eternity
7 Inside Out
8 Proud And Humble
9 Sneaky Freak
10 Bury My Troubles
11 Too Sad To Cry
12 I'm Alive
13 Let Me Out
14 Tainted Love
15 Johnny Got A Boom Boom - (remix)
Product Attributes
Artist May,Imelda
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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