This new album from Barb Jungr is an unusual concept - take the songs of Elvis and turn them inside out!
It works beautifully.
Barb's ability as a singer is undoubted, as anyone who has heard her could testify, but with each new album she shows a great skill in choosing her material. Elvis is an icon, an idol of rock and roll, but here the songs that were so very definitely his are heard in a new light, and it really does make them shine brightly.
Heartbreak Hotel, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Love Me Tender, In The Ghetto, songs inextricably linked with Elvis but Barb claims her right to them here, without a white suit or karaoke machine in sight!
The arrangements by Jonathon Cooper and Adrian York are spot on; they make you hear the song and the singer in equal measure giving a twist on an old story.
Barb is never one to take the easy way; she could so easily make an album of crowd pleasers with by the book arrangements and probably be holding hands with one of the would be 'new generation' of jazz people on awards night, but that's not her style, and I'm incredibly grateful for it!! She makes you listen to music, to a voice, to a well crafted song, and she should be applauded for it.
This is a wonderful album, not just for fans of Barb, or fans of Elvis ( who may of course find it sacreligious to mess with the King's material!), but for anyone who likes good music that will still challenge their perceptions.
Buy it, listen well, and make your own mind up!!
ps. Go and see Barb live of you can, she excells in live performance!!