Imelda May is someone who I think doesn’t get half enough credit, especially among people my age. I’ve often heard people dismiss her music as “nonsense” and her albums as “the same all the time” when neither of those things are true! Yes, I know that almost everyone knows who she is, but only a certain generation appreciates how good she is (my granny, for instance). Most people who say they don’t like her only know the song “Johnny Got A Boom Boom”, and in my opinion there’s others that are better than that one – not that I don’t love it. I know, her music won’t be for everyone, but I just feel more young people should appreciate her talent.
It’s taken me a while to get my hands on her new album, which has been out for a few months at this stage, but I finally have! I love it so much I just had to post a review. Tribal, this album, features a sound which combines rockabilly, Irish traditional music, and jazz music to create a completely unique sound. It’s even better than previous albums Love Tattoo and Mayhem, and definitely worth a listen.
The first song which attracted my attention on this album was Wild Woman, which is a fast, upbeat track that makes me want to sing every word. When I heard this as a single, I knew I was going to love the album, and that it would live up to expectations.
I was fortunate enough to hear the song Little Pixie live for the first time during the summer, and it was so cute. From the story she told about her daughter, to the actual words of the song, it was adorable. I went home and searched for its name straight away. Little Pixie is a slower tempo, and quieter than usual, and it made me want to just sway along to it. Definitely one of my favourites off the album!
Tribal, the title track of the album is another fast one, and it really makes me admire the whole band. The guitar, double bass, saxophone and drums lend themselves to the rockabilly sound so well, and this song is no exception. It wasn’t one of the first ones that I loved, but after a few listens the catchiness really appealed to me and I found myself singing it all the time.
Others that I really like from this album include Hellfire Club, It’s Good to be Alive, Wicked Way and Ghost of Love. Overall, just an outstanding album!
On a semi-related note, Imelda is coming to Cork for the jazz festival and it’s killing me that I can’t go! When I saw her in the summer she was amazing (read my post about that here), and I’m dying to see her again.
I found Imelda by chance when I decided to cover Remember Walking in the Sand by the Shangri-Las for a practical. I ended up watching her version, and immediately fell in love with her voice, her song-writing talents and her performances. From there, my obsession with her music just escalated.
If any of you are looking for music to listen to, I would definitely recommend Imelda! You can watch Remember (Walking in the Sand) featuring the wonderful Jeff Beck here, and the video for Wild Woman here.
What do you think of Imelda May? What kind of music do you like?