on 7 August 2006
12 years since its initial release, this extraordinary album sounds as fresh and innovative as it did the first time I listened to it. Shoot The Moon is an album of diversity, with a range of styles, but on listening to it for the first time in many years today, I was reminded that the album doesn't contain a single weak track.
My personal favourites include 'Heaven Can Wait', a beautiful number that expresses feelings of loneliness and unrequited love, 'Late Again' concerning the experience of being stood up, and the empathetic 'Liggers at Your Funeral'; I wonder who that was written about?
Judie Tzuke has been producing high quality music for more than 20 years, and has produced equally fine albums before and since, but Shoot The Moon is perhaps the ideal starting point for anyone who is new to her music. The sheer breadth and quality of Judie Tzuke's material has won her lasting respect and admiration from ardent rockers to lovers of romantic ballads.
The new release includes bonus tracks selected from former 'B' sides and demo recordings, making this an absolute bargain.
on 24 October 2008
I remember this album, it came out during my last year in the UK, and so I got to see her several times that year performing these songs. She is a true artist, and was ahead of her time in many ways. I have recently purchased this again and had the pleasure of hearing it again for the 1st time in 26 years. The single "I'm Not A Loser" was literally played to death, and became my anthem for awhile.
Judie has a great voice, and is reflected here in the songs. There is no song quite like another, and even while traversing through some commercial ventures here, managed to maintain a degree of musical integrity that was quite rare in those days.
"Shoot the Moon" and "Late Again" are all songs that showcase Judie's unique and fantastic voice.
It has been a joy to discover her again, miss out on Judie at your own peril, she is one of the most underrated artists, and truly deserves a listen.
on 20 July 2007
In the early 1980s Judie Tzuke was in her heyday. The atmospheric `Stay With Me Till Dawn' had first propelled her into the public eye some years earlier but it is this album in particular, released in 1982 that showcases her talent at its best.
Having left Elton John's Rocket Records after the lacklustre `I Am the Phoenix', this, her first album for new label Chrysalis is a cracker, filled with ballsy rockers and plaintive ballads. Whilst there is a diversity of tempo and style on show in the 12 or so songs, there is a binding factor at work and it is melody. Judie's albums are always rich in melody but this album contains some real beauties.
Of particular note is the heartfelt `Late Again', one of her best songs and the swirling, hypnotic `Liggers at Your Funeral' (written, I believe, to express her disgust at the behaviour on show at Peter Seller's funeral). There is hardly a weak track on the album which serves to highlight both her exhilarating soprano and her songwriting ability in partnership with Mike Paxman.
Unfortunately, the promise of this album was dissipated by the less than great content of subsequent release, `Ritmo' and more label hopping, but there is no doubt that `Shoot the Moon' is a very fine album indeed. First timers would do no worse than to start here.