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Mayhem [VINYL]

Imelda May Vinyl
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Imelda May - Mayhem


“The problem with an artist like Imelda May is that she’s so good, it makes a critical review almost impossible to write; her performance is flawless.” Clash Magazine

Imelda May, born in Dublin and raised in the Liberties, may be an unknown name to some, but to many she is already a superstar. She is unmistakable both in her music (a fusion of surf guitars, blues ... Read more in Amazon's Imelda May Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (7 Dec 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B005VR92LU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pulling The Rug
2. Psycho
3. Mayhem
4. Kentish Town Waltz
5. All For You
6. Eternity
7. Inside Out
8. Proud and Humble
9. Sneaky Freak
10. Bury My Troubles
11. Too Sad To Cry
12. I'm Alive
13. Let Me Out
14. Tainted Love
15. Johnny Got A Boom Boom

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Third studio album by the Irish rockabilly and jazz singer. The album follows her hugely successful 2008 record, 'Love Tattoo'.

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
Imelda and her band return with another energetic mix of rockabilly, pop and jazz ; From the opening "Pulling the rug" all the way through to their excellent cover of Tainted love, the album is chock full of songs that worm their way into your skull that you'll be humming for weeks.
The cheeky "Psycho" has a driving sixties-spy vibe complete with growling guitar and howling outro ; "Mayhem" is a tale of a disruptive London couple with a catchy chorus ; "All for You" is an earthy atmospheric ditty that reeks of the bands links with burlesque; "Bury my troubles away" is a wonderfully jazzy-blues foot-tapper, "Let me out" is another catchy tune that just begs a crowd singalong to the chorus....the list goes on.
Highams guitar work drives the tunes along ; Prisemans' trumpet work shines throughout; Al Gare's bass and Rushton's drums make the beat irresistable- one of the bands great strengths is that each is given space to breathe and the overall effect is a delight to the ear. Anyone who has seen the band live will know how amazing they are on stage; they are all excellent musicians at the top of their game.

Is the album perfect ? Not quite.

Where the album's slips slightly (and it *is* only slightly) is that some of the arrangement choices made by the band for the recording seems to have blunted their edge a bit. "Eternity" and "All for you" - both fantastic songs live, and amoungst their best - particularly seem to have lost a little in translation. "Too sad to cry", "I'm alive" and "Kentish town waltz" aren't instant classics, but are decent songs, and do grow on repeated listens.

That said, this remains an excellent and well-paced album, packed with tunes you'll be humming for weeks, and offering alot to both the casual listener and the avid fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Recent music releases seem to be dominated by people who take it all ever so seriously and seem to have forgotten that music can be fun. Imelda May corrects that with this charming release, her third as a solo artist (`No turning back' and `Love Tattoo' preceded this)

The style is mainly up-tempo rockabilly, a big band with some great electric guitars backing a powerful singer belting out tracks with vim and vigour. Stylistically it is a lot like Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra's recordings. Largely written by Imelda May, the songs sound as though they were recorded in the late fifties, but with lyrics and themes that come straight from the world of today. A sense of fun pervades throughout and you really get the impression that everyone involved was having a whale of a time, which is quite infectious.

Standout tracks are `Sneaky Freak', a good example of the fifties sound with the modern themes, and `Tainted Love'. This song, which has been everything from a soul stomper to an electronic synthpop hit, is here transformed into a classic dancehall rock'n'roll track, and guaranteed to get you up and dancing.

A great feelgood album which will lift anyone's day. 5 stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Seraph
Format:Audio CD
The title 'More Mayhem' suggests that this is a second album in the same vein as 'Mayhem', but it's just the same album with a couple of extra tracks. This is really misleading and quite annoying.

Don't buy if you already have Mayhem. If you don't, buy this instead, as it does have some extras.

Will be buying one of her other albums and check the track list to ensure it's not just a bunch of dupes.

That said, Mayhem is a fantastic album that I play endlessly. If you like that retro, rockabilly, double bass sound and songs to dance to, then this album is a must buy.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Fan 21 Jan 2011
By Douglas
Format:Audio CD
As an older person I am very reassured about the younger generation when I hear music as good as this. I have even ordered a previous cd which cannot come too soon. Many thanks Imelda.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem 18 Feb 2014
By baz123
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am happy with this record of a faultless performer. I have been to two of her shows and I am glad to be able to get another record by her. ( I only wish I could have been in USA to see her with Jeff Beck. Still, I have the DVD and cd!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem / Imelda May 6 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Totally awesome cd, just my kind of music fits very well into my music collection. Always a great deal to be had with Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 14 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't stop playing this, its absolutely brilliant and I like every track!! Thats almost unheard of previously. Just the thing if you need cheering up!

Play loud!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding stomper of an album!!!! 14 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely adore this album. From the very start of the album "Pulling the rug" up to the remix version of "Johnny got a boom boom" is just outstanding. Even the slower tracks on this album are equally as good. If you are looking for a real footstomper of an album for Christmas, please make this your first choice, and make it go to number 1. This album deserves that accolade.

Well done Imelda, keeping on rockin'.
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