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Slow Down Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Splash Point Records
  • ASIN: B000VEA2QC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Liane Carroll's third CD for Splash Point Records is an album of exquisite ballads, returning to the "stripped down" format of solo piano and voice. It is an album of intimate and personal songs - all of which have great meaning to her. The performances are heartfelt and truthful; she is wearing her heart on her sleeve here. Already being hailed as her most perfect album yet, the performances defy anyone to listen without being overwhelmed by the beauty, honesty and emotion of the music. Recorded "live" in the studio, it is Liane at her most powerful, giving her own intense treatment to a range of composers' tunes.

BBC Review

Following hot on the heels of her Best UK Female Singer accolade from Ronnie Scott's, Slow Down was recorded in just a few studio hours, and it confirms that Liane Carroll is all things to all ballads.

With just her piano and her voice (and a little help from fellow singer Ian Shaw on one track) Liane conjures up an amazing range of expression to match her huge vocal range. The standards "Memphis In June" and "All Of Me" are given a bluesy makeover and sound astonishingly fresh and celebratory, while Donovan's "Catch The Wind" is in turn heart-rending and life-loving.

On Slow Down Liane sings her way through the whole spectrum from jazz diva to fragile victim. Van Heusen and Cahn's "All The Way" and Duke Ellington's "In My Solitude" are remade as torch songs, with vulnerability oozing out of every verse, while "Lazy Afternoon" perfectly captures her molasses low tones and silken high ones -her sparse electric piano accompaniment creating a brooding, hypnotic tension.

Liane dedicates the tender "If I Loved You", from the film Carousel, to her grandmother who sang it with her when Liane was a child. Ian Shaw helps out on piano here, and Liane's almost-whispered, lump-in-throat intro develops into a thumping soul ballad. A natural storyteller, Liane gives Tom Waits' ''Take It With Me'' a dose of Kirsty MacColl-like understated passion, personality and dry humour.

Slow Down doesnt just tug at your heart strings, it rips them out by the roots (then apologises with a sheepish grin). --Kathryn Shackleton

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. R. Williams on 10 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
.. now i have to put in a review just to bump it up .. and of course it is fabulous
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harlow Guthrie on 19 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Liane Carroll - she is just a class act - great blues pianist and a voice thats at home with anything from Laura Nyro to Ellington to Bessie Smith and everything in between. If you get a chance to see Liane live, you will be in for a great evening. The songs on this album are very personal to Liane and her performance reflects this.....buy this...enjoy it and then treat yourselves to the rest of her catalogue if you haven't already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Allen on 3 Mar. 2009
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I have got hundreds of CD's in my collection and this has to be up there in my top 10 favourites of all times. The voice, the arrangements and the song selection are all outstanding with the Tom Waits track "Take it with Me" a real standout for me. I have played this CD to loads of people and everyone raves about it so if you like blues, jazz, soul or just good music, just buy it! And try to get to see her live, she is an amazing talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Richardson on 7 Jun. 2009
Format: MP3 Download
She really does have a way with a ballad, bringing out all the emotional the composer intended and more. Great to hear a new track - The World Stopped Turning but my favourie is Lazy Afternoon - she gets the mood completely spot on.
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