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Lifejacket [Hybrid SACD]

Ian Shaw Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Linn Records
  • ASIN: B0015LBJ1W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Love at First Tequila 3:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lifejacket 4:38£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. She's Loaded 4:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A good and simple man 3:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Glue 4:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. I want to live in Paris 3:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hiraeth 3:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. My Safest Place 3:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Letter from a dead soldier 4:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Flowers 3:41£0.69  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Lifejacket is singer Ian Shaw's first collection of self-penned songs. Its streaked with nostalgia and dreams of youth that give way to the disappointing reality of adulthood. There are old cameras, seedy bars, dealers and girls with knives and silver heels here - not to mention plenty of references to Shaw's native Wales.

Pamela is like looking through a scrapbook you made when you were ten, and makes poetry of friends with unpoetic names, while the catchy A Good And Simple Man is full of reminiscence, and is dedicated to Ian's Dad.

Ian's trumpet-playing cohort, Guy Barker, pops up on various tracks. On Letter From A Soldier there's a poignant Last Post feel to his interludes; and the jaunty Richard Rodney Bennett-like I Want to Live in Paris features Guy in a pure-toned, swinging solo.

David Preston, co-writer of many of the tracks on Lifejacket also features on guitar. His eerily simple backing on Glue works beautifully against Julian Siegel's ominous-sounding bass clarinet. On She's Loaded, David's guitar is light and funky and Ian's quicksilver vocals chatter like gossip, while Love At First Tequila mixes sinewy soprano sax with rapid and precise percussion. Hiraeth ('homesick' in Welsh) sounds like vocalese, and Ian's prog-folk-rock vocals meet exciting instrumental jazz on Northop Road.

One of the most poignant tracks on the album is Forty-Two, an anthemic country waltz, reminiscent of a Tom Waits song. It's a duet between Ian''s soulfulness and the enormous warm voice of Liane Carroll.

Rozz Williams' gorgeous death-song Flowers is the only cover here, and it creeps in as the full stop at the end of the collection. Ian wrings the passion out of Williams' stark lyrics, backed simply by cello and piano.

Ian Shaw's last album was a tribute to Joni Mitchell's songwriting, but with Lifejacket he's moved from Canada to Camden and he's laying his own life bare. --Kathryn Shackleton

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its great 9 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just relistened to this after a year, on a long drive. It holds up very well as a whole. Ok apart from Lifejacket there is no one incredibly outstanding song but to listen to the CD is a wonderful experience. 'In a New York Minute' for example is almost too full of headlining leading songs. If I only could own one Ian Shaw CD there are others but i can afford to buy and enjoy all of them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overblown 27 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Firstly I must declare my hand that I am a keen admirer of Mr Shaw and have seen him in various venues over the years. However this recording is not the place to start if coming fresh to an outstanding singer . Although well played, recorded with some fine vocal work the lyrics just pull the whole thing down. For a start the whole theme of the album is about mid life crises, or drinking too much personality! The self penned or co-written lyrics just go on and on and on.Ten words will do instead of three, basically it feels like he's thrown in the kitchen sink for good measure. Check out A World Still Turning which is worthy 4 stars
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2.0 out of 5 stars too much 3 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
I really like Ian Shaw, and especially his Joni Mitchell-album is a masterpiece, showing all his singing and arranging skills. But this follow up is a mess. Too many words, no musical harmony on the album (that guitar is ruining the arrangements!)and the homemade songs are more often than not simply too much and trying too hard to be ART. Sorry. Look instead for Claire Martins magnificent A Modern Art to hear modern vocal jazz as it's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A shaw fire winner 15 Dec 2008
By Harold Walton - Published on
Format:Audio CD
His best album to date. Recently saw him solo at The Old Mill Inn , Toronto where he blew the audience away with his charm, wit, wonderful piano pieces and,Lifejacket of course, his remarkable voice. If your not a big jazz fan but love the sound of Gaucho/Aja era Steely Dan you will love this recording of original material. One of my favourite albums of 2008!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly produced 16 Sep 2008
By Rick Cornell - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I've had this SACD for about a month now, and have gone back and forth on whether to go 4 or 5 stars. Today, it's 5.

This is a c.d. of original jazz-pop songs, with music by Mr. Shaw and lyrics by David Preston. Both double as co-producers.

What to say? My basic objection to this c.d. is that an awful lot of these songs cover the topics of drinking and male midlife malaise. These just are not my favorite song topics.

But the more I listen, the more I'm convinced that those are minor quibbles. In fact, these songs are memorable, with memorable hooks. And the album sounds great. Mr. Shaw and Mr. Preston have expertly produced this disc.

Ian Shaw enjoys a great worldwide reputation as a jazz singer, and this c.d. should serve only to enhance that. In particular, he shows off his chops on tracks #3, and #5 ("She's Loaded" and "Glue"), where he navigates very difficult vocal passages with great aplomb.

The track that most impresses me, however, is #6, or "Forty-Two." Here, he sings a duet with an uncredited Liane Carroll, and sounds like two voices. Imagine Phil Collins doing a duet with Mariah Carey, or Rick Astley with Whitney Houston, and you kind of have the idea. This is the most soulful track on the disc, and the one most indicative of Mr. Shaw's vocal talents.

Also impressive is the ballad, "Hiraeth" (Welsh for "homesick.") Lyrically it's my favorite (and also the one that least is about drinking at midlife; it's more about a "boy becoming a man," even if that "boy" is already an adult).

All in all, this c.d. will cost you a little bit more, as it is an import. But it's worth the cost. Christopher Loudon of "Jazz Times" thinks it's one of the best vocal jazz c.d.'s of 2008. While it doesn't strike me at quite that level, personally, it really does sound great. RC
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