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Mayhem (2010)

Artist: Imelda May
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Format: CD
Sku: 218116722
UPC: 602527529257
UPC 14: 00602527529257
Release Date: 7/19/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Pulling The Rug ~ Imelda May
2. Psycho ~ Imelda May
3. Mayhem ~ Imelda May
4. Kentish Town Waltz ~ Imelda May
5. All For You ~ Imelda May
6. Eternity ~ Imelda May
7. Inside Out ~ Imelda May
8. Proud And Humble ~ Imelda May
9. Sneaky Freak ~ Imelda May
10. Bury My Troubles ~ Imelda May
11. Too Sad To Cry ~ Imelda May
12. I'm Alive ~ Imelda May
13. Let Me Out ~ Imelda May
14. Tainted Love ~ Imelda May
15. Johnny Got A Boom Boom - (remix) ~ Imelda May

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Imelda May (vocals, bodhran); Darrel Higham (guitar); Dave Priseman (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion); Al Gare (double bass, upright bass, bass guitar); Steve Rushton (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Gavin Goldberg; Imelda May ; Darrel Higham; Andy Wright .
Muze PNote Recording information: Embassy Studios.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Mark Higenbottam.
Muze PNote Photographer: Chris Clor.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Imelda May

Engineer: Graham Dominy

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/19/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001574302
Music Label Name Label : Decca
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527529257

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)
- 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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   May,Imelda
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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