- Audio CD (6 May 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: WARNER BROS
- ASIN: B00BWWA59Q
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Didn't It Rain
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Didn't It Rain is the second album from comedian-turned-actor-turned-blues-maestro Hugh Laurie. Although the album follows the same vein as his hugely successful debut Let Them Talk in terms of its bluesy covers, this release sees Laurie move away from the New Orleans sound as he takes the listener on a musical tour of the American heartland instead.
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For an actor this is superb music. Hugh clearly loves what he does and with this album it shows.
I've seen less than kind reviews of this record, which I find hard to understand - it is well-played by Laurie and his all-star Copper Bottom Band (although I thought that guitarists Kevin Breit and Greg Leisz were under-used), well-produced by Joe Henry and there is lots of variety both in the material and the different singers. I thought there was a good mix of older and more modern songs - the album closes with Alan Price's `Changes' and also include's Dr. John's 'Wild Honey'.Read more ›
nonetheless and somehow, i feel compelled to make a few embarrassing and expertly self-important observations such as: this album is really, really brilliant.
wait! there's more.
i'll also admit to still being awestruck by laurie's fleet-footed progression to this caliber of musical craftsmanship. what's even more stupefying, is that he makes this assiduous process seem entirely effortless. it doesn't quite seem fair to me to summarize the 2nd album as primarily showcasing an evolution in musical "sophistication" and range. what does that even mean? while there certainly are various perceptible changes as in experimentation with vocal range & ensemble, instrumental arrangements & stylistic variations, etc., the pleasure of this album also very much lies in what laurie managed to retain within the transition between Let Them Talk & Didn't It Rain. i, for example, find delight in recognizing hugh laurie as the re-interpreting presence through which i'm newly seduced by and differently introduced to "old songs" and, more precisely, in being allowed to recognize this musical mediator as somebody coequal, self-same, familiar... a fellow seductee and fan, who enchants by performing his own (ongoing) seduction by blues music for us. while i've become capable of separating house from laurie, i neither want or can separate the pleasure of the music from the pleasure of experiencing laurie's infectious passion for blues that is so charmingly marked by a very earnest joy, endearing devotion and rapturous humility. the music seems palpably and invariably mediated by that very quality in laurie himself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Completely different style to his earlier work but brilliant . Well worth it.Published 1 month ago by Tony George
Acoustic, natural great performance. For those who likes such music must have item.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like 'Let Them Talk' the compilation of tracks is Laurie's way of celebrating the music he loves and sharing that with the listener. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bookworm Pete
Brilliant record - every bit as good as the first. Great material, musicians, vocals, recording and Laurie voice is full of soul and appropriate tone.Published 3 months ago by Doversoul