on 15 December 2005
I first heard about Bettye Lavette only a month ago when I saw her on Later..with Jools Holland. She sang her classic "Let me down easy" and it was the most impassioned vocal performance I have ever seen.
I bought this album on the strength of that performance and was not disappointed.From the haunting opening acappella of Sinead O'Connor's "I do not want what I have not got" to the closing "Sleep to dream" every note, every phrase is expressed with such heartfelt emotion that you can't believe that this Lady isn't more widely recognised as the incredible talent that she is.
The instrumentation leaves room for her voice to weave it's magic on every track -only adding contemporary grooves and vibes occassionally,always complimenting her vocals in a subtle way.
If you have any appreciation of Vintage soul music eg. The Staples singers, Aretha, Tina, then I urge you to buy this c.d. and discover this rare talent.
on 19 January 2006
Bettye is quite simply one the greatest vocalists ever to be committed to vinyl (or disc as it is now!).
She possesses a voice so rich in expression that just aches with soul, that you'd have to be made of stone not to be moved by her.
She's paid her dues and no one is more worthy of greater recognition.
This album isn't typical of much of her work and finds her taking on songs from a variety of writers from a range of styles. No matter, that voice just shines through it all.
Standouts for me are The high road, Just say so and How am I different.