Mary Coughlan's recorded music can often be hit and miss. It is extremely difficult to capture the magic of her voice, the desperation, the fatigue, the sarcasm, the subdued excitement. When live, and without the worries of production and mixing,it seems that her performance and the accompanying music is much more powerful and alive. However there are many many gems to be found in her catalogue and a lot of them can be found here. If you were thinking of exploring the work of this truly magnificant and unique singer then 'Love me or Leave me' is a pretty representative place to begin. The songs here cover jazz, the blues, light pop, modern Irish classics and even some tango. You can hear why Mary Coughlan is considered as one of the finest Irish singers on tracks such as 'Beach', 'Leaf from a tree' and 'Seduced'. This is a CD to dip in and out of, discover what you like and then hopefully move on to her other albums. Let yourself be seduced!