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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0030BYWW8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Voice & 45 Strings
2. Dodo's Blues
3. Keep On Looking (feat. Roachford)
4. Valentine
5. Northern Lights
6. I'll Get By
7. Unlucky In Love
8. Jimmy Choo's
9. These Broken Things
10. Right Here

Product Description

The Lucinda Belle Orchestra is the sum of one harp, a harmonium, the melodica, some strings, horns, an upright bass, drums, the ukulele, a clarinet, guitar...and one quite extraordinary songwriter and front-woman. She is Lucinda Belle, and My Voice & 45 Strings is her debut album.

Lucinda Belle’s musical life began aged six, when she was dragged kicking and screaming by her mother to classical recitals at the Royal Festival Hall. Before the album was released she had already appeared on tour and record with the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Rufus Wainwright, Annie Lennox and Missy Elliot, as well as a slot as support to Robbie Williams at the Electric Proms 2009. Yet by day, Belle still owned and occasionally ran the family heirloom: a launderette in Balham, South London. The album was recorded in various locations including Nashville --where Lucinda once studied jazz--Los Angeles, London, Stockholm and Paris; and includes co-writes from the likes of Graham Lyle ("What’s Love Got To Do With It?") and Ed Harcourt.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By elledan1 on 15 July 2010
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Better than Norah Jones and Katie Melua. Lucinda Belle has more bite to her voice and each track is quite different. Would suit anybodys taste
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Burke on 3 April 2010
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I first saw Lucinda live last year, she is a remarkable talent, fuelled by a compelling self-belief in her art. Her music is original, her powerful voice and star quality ooses seductive appeal. I am so pleased that she is getting the support and recognition she deserves. My Voice & 45 StringsWhy don't you buy the album, and be at the start of something special?
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I come from Hong Kong, and I've just received the My Voice & 45 Strings at the end of last month thru Amazon.co.uk. It's so pity I cannot find this album in Hong Kong record stores, even HMV, although Lucinda is now main label (Universal Music) artist!

An uneven encounter by BBC Radio for herself being session harpist of Robbie William's show directly lead to her signing of album release, and being a Jew (originally name Lucinda Kladovsky), her songs had diffused Jewish influence (for the title track), or traditional blues (Dodo Blues, first single), this time being her voice and "45 strings" - Harp. (Previously I had listen several singer-harpists and all comes since end of 1990s and 21st century.)

Apart from well acclaimed songs Valentine, Northern Lights, the track These Broken Things has a very soft mood which leads me think of the Award-winning (Crystal Bear Award of Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2010) Hong Kong film Echoes of the Rainbow (Year 2009 Hong Kong film, playwright and directed by Alex Law Kai-Yui), and the lyrics seems well describe the family in the film and the theme "In the changing lives, Time.....is the biggest thief" very well.

This is an amazing debut album although she releass this so late (she is 36 years old when she does so) and she would have bright another half-life in music, in contrast to first half-life in laundry.
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As one of the other reviewers commented there are obvious comparisons to Norah Jones here but there is definitely an edge to Lucinda's voice at times Norah lacks. This was my second purely on impulse puchase this week (the first being Lumiere, very different but equally wonderful)and im so glad i did.

The first (and also the title track) and "Rose Marie & Bobby McGee" and "Unlucky In Love" in particular, have an edge to the voice and a joyful abandon to the backing that would surely be the result if Imelda May recorded an album of easy swinging old time jazz backed by the Asylum Street Spankers! Both are big favourites of mine and comparisons are strictly positive.

These types of tracks are the definite highlights with "Rose Marie & Bobby McGee" and "Unlucky In Love" sounding like something channeled from Tom Waits more "deranged parade band" like leanings and zing with life. The slower ballad tracks are also very good but with some the more obvious smoother production is not where Lucinda and the bands strengths lie.

This is a great album and i hope when she gets round to recording number two she really lets that voice fly with full abandon for this woman could easily rock as hard as Imelda.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Barry on 12 Mar. 2010
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I am so tired of hearing forgetable songs with no melody. What a surprise to see Lucinda Belle on BBC Breakfast. What a beautiful girl, melody and who would have thought that a harp could be made so cool. I look forward to hearing her other songs when I get my CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. Burbage on 15 July 2010
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This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Every song makes me want to get up and dance! It's just a feel good experience from start to finish :D
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By don hawkwind on 6 Nov. 2011
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loved this album, i had heard just one track on BBC radio two just once - they still cannot be bothered to play music, which was why the pirate radio ships started up in the 60s. Ever noticed how little music is played on BBC radio stations,they employ far too many presenters full of their own importance who like to hear their own voice. Bring back the Pirates whose boast was 'you are never more than five minutes from a piece of music you will like'. They also played all the records produced at least once if it was liked it got more air time if not it met the waters of the North Sea.

This is a good album, Lucinda has a lovely voice, and she plays a harp as she sings. I will be looking out for her next album, but i do not hold out hope of hearing it on the radio that would be hoping too much from the BBC.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Boase on 11 Mar. 2010
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I've just seen Lucinda Bell on the BBC breakfast show singing "My Valentine" and I have to say I can't wait for the album to come out. What a wonderful voice, sound AND talent. Listen, hear and buy :-) Wonderful
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