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The Dirty Truth [Digipack] [Limited Edition]

Joanne Shaw Taylor Audio CD
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Sold out concerts. Screaming fans. Her name in lights. Joanne Shaw Taylor never anticipated any of that at the start. Back then, she was just an ordinary Black Country schoolgirl, bored with the disposable pop she heard on late 90s radio, rifling her father’s record collection for sunken treasure, and falling for albums by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix.

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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Axe House Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mud, Honey
2. The Dirty Truth
3. Wicked Soul
4. Fool In Love
5. Wrecking Ball
6. Tried, Tested and True
7. Outlaw Angel
8. Shiver and Sigh
9. Struck Down
10. Feels Like Home

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British blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to UK shores with a Nationwide UK Tour in November 2014, which follows hot on the heels of her fourth new studio album, “The Dirty Truth”, which is currently being recorded in Memphis. The tour kicks off at the Norwich Epic on 1st November and other UK including Sheffield, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Cornwall, and many more. The new album, “The Dirty Truth”, is released in the UK on Monday 22nd September on Joanne’s boutique label Axehouse Records. Joanne will be reunited with Jim Gaines who produced her 2008 debut album White Sugar. “I wanted to go back into the studio in Memphis with Jim to retain the same vibe that we captured on the first album,” says Joanne. “The new album is a combination of rock and blues, and I think it’s going to be an exciting collaboration, and hopefully, my fans will love the rockier edge.” The forthcoming album and UK tour follows 2013’s critically acclaimed Songs From The Road; a live album energized with soul power, blues savvy and rock roots. In May 2013, when Joanne originally performed an intimate concert at London’s Borderline, The Blues magazine wrote, “Joanne slips from bursts of muscular rhythm to searing riffs rooted in the blues but not dominated by it… JST bristles with self-confidence, energy and excitement.” In 2013 during an in-depth interview, The Blues magazine asked Joanne if she was having fun playing live. “How can you not enjoy that job?” she responded. “I get on stage, turn my guitar up really loud and I shout in the microphone for two hours. It’s like the best therapy in the world.” In November 2013, TV presenter Malcolm Gerrie said the following about Joanne in the Sunday Times – “Who said white gals can’t play the blues? Killer licks, soaring solos and heart-wrenching vocals.“A Brummie blues singer? Yes, really,” wrote the Sunday Telegraph about Joanne last November. “Joanne Shaw Taylor has enough soul to compete with the best the Mississippi Delta has to offer.”

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't listened to much by Joanne Shaw Taylor but from the opening song "Mud honey" it is clear that this is a really fine blues rock CD with both Joanne's distinctive understated rasping vocals and wonderful, fluid expressive guitar playing. It's hard to believe that one so relatively young can produce such accomplished work that is both hard-hitting and yet also subtle and while it clearly displays her influences, such as Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, she is also forging her own unique sound. She has returned to Memphis to the producer of her debut CD Jim Gaines for this record and he has delivered a fine-sounding collection of songs with Joanne's various guitar sounds being particularly impressive. Although Joanne is quickly developing her own distinctive sound there is still lots of variety here - from the swampy title track, to the soulful ballad "Tried, tested and true" (probably my favourite track at the moment) to the rocking "Feels like home" and the bluesy "Shiver and sigh" with its great guitar work. This is a very good record, with great playing, singing and also good song writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth is - JST is brilliant 24 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So after the excitement of listening to Bonamassa’s latest opus today was my chance to unwrap Joanne Shaw-Taylor’s ‘The Dirty Truth and slide it in the CD player.

My first impressions are very favourable and if you love contemporary Blues Rock you will find much to delight from this, JST’s fourth album. It sees the lady re-united with producer Jim Gaines (Diamonds in the Dirt) a smart move as the two clearly work well together. Gaines creates the space for JST to strut her impressive stuff and brings the rest of the band to the fore resulting in a full and clean sound.

I have to admit to liking the approach of many artists at the moment in adopting the less is more approach and JST follows suit, ten original compositions clocking in at an economic 40 minutes. That said Joanne packs a lot into that space as the album is brim-full of foot to the floor Blues Rockers, a couple of Blusier shuffles, some giant slabs of soulful funk and a tender ballad.
The rhythm section are super- efficient creating solid platforms for Shaw-Taylor and keys man Rick Steff dovetails seamlessly with the front lady, matching her guitar work stride for stride and wrapping itself around the rasped vocal. Suffice it to say JST’s guitar playing is extremely accomplished but not to the point where it sounds formulaic. The vocal is an acquired taste but once you have the measure of it is suits the musical style very neatly. The slightly nasally and raspy voice adds power to the rockers, soul to the funk and tenderness to the ballad.

And across the ten tracks these styles are front and centre. Things get off to a storming start with a couple of pedal to the metal rockers in the shape of Mud Honey and the title track The Dirty Truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album Of The Year 23 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD
There is an old adage which says you've got to suffer to sing the blues.
I've got no idea what JST has been through lately but this record just bristles with anger.
The opener Mud,Honey sets the tone with its story of a gangster character who has abused too many and it is followed by various tales of love,loss,betrayal and longing.
Superb playing,great songs and production by Jim Gaines which doesn't over complicate things.
There are many highlights but my own particular favourite is Shiver and Sigh which she wrote about ten years ago but has only now found the record for it to reside.
I've been a little critical in the past about her enunciation and whilst I still have a slight issue with it,it doesn't seem to matter here.The overall sound is what is important and it is fantastic.
Blues rock album of the year? Without doubt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mature Album 2 Oct 2014
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I stumbled over Joanne Shaw Taylor - unknowingly watched her perform at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012 and subsequently picked up a couple of her albums - including the excellent live album "Songs from the Road".
This is truly an excellent album. Her playing has matured - she picks the right notes more often and executes much more cleanly than in previous recordings - helped by clearly slicker production.
I will listen to this often and for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues in blue(vinyl) 2 Oct 2014
By Wolfers TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
It always happens, just when you think she can't better Diamonds In The Dirt, out comes The Dirty Truth.
A lot earthier than Diamonds the album kicks off with 2 stompers in Mud Honey and The Dirty Truth and from that moment onwards its just excellent dirty, swampy blues rock at its best.No dud tracks and really an impossible task to pick a favourite as they are all tops.Shiver And Sigh is my fave at a push.
JST really is an astounding singer and guitarist.As young as she is I cant wait to see what the future brings.DO make an effort to see her live as she puts in an awesome show.
I purchased the limited edition blue vinyl which looks gorgeous and was pleasantly surprised to find it included the cd also in a plain plastic wallet, a nice unexpected bonus..JST just rocks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year - I think so anyway 14 Oct 2014
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I am a relative newcomer to JST. I went to see her live a few months ago and was hooked straight away by her flawless performance - apart from her guitar strap coming adrift during her opening riff! The Dirty Truth is my personal 'album of the year' and there have been some great contenders from talents like Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa and Robben Ford. Great vocals and tremendous guitar playing put together with brilliant writing, she has got it all. This is a great blues album and worthy of some formal recognition. A great talent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stunning album showcasing one of britains best blues rock exports
Published 3 days ago by vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars More truth on vinyl.
Ordered the Blue Vinyl version, and sadly the regular black vinyl arrived. Obviously the colour of the vinyl does not affect the sound, so not too upset and decided to keep it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mike Tysoe
5.0 out of 5 stars best yet from joanne
best yet from joanne!! has the feeling of a live album.all tracks but one written by her'all tracks but one very good'the more you hear it---the better it sounds!
Published 6 days ago by john andrew treloar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good, almost as good as 'White Sugar.'
Published 10 days ago by Tony English.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great singer and album.
Published 14 days ago by Phil Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars the dirty truth
great sound I will recommend it Joanne is just getting better each time she brings a album out
Published 19 days ago by ken
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its ok
Published 25 days ago by neil brown
5.0 out of 5 stars she gets better with each one
Got all her albums, she gets better with each one. Hope to get to see her on her tour down in Exeter.
Published 27 days ago by Philip Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Curates Egg - Good in parts
Been following the wunderkind girl Joanne since she started on the minor blues circuit in the UK.
(Seen her perform live on numerous occasions at many venues). Read more
Published 28 days ago by Capt.Kremen
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