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Love Tattoo
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Take one part Patsy Cline, one part Ella Fitzgerald, add a dollop of Suzy Quatro, back with a really rock'n'roll beat and add a no-nonsense attitude...

I've just returned from the cornbury music festival where Imelda and her band did two sets. Having *never* heard of her previously, i was initially a reluctant listener, but by the end of the first number i was a fan. By the end of the second i was hooked.

while its a studio recorded (i.e. not a live) album, this cd manages to successfully capture much of her live act's spark.

Its very difficult to categorise her sound but if you like a broad range of music that includes blues through to lively rock'n'roll, (or would just like to try something different from bland churned out pop) you should find a great deal to enjoy here.

Give it a try and it won't be long before her voodoo's working on you too.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Take one part Patsy Cline, one part Ella Fitzgerald, add a dollop of Suzy Quatro, back with a really rock'n'roll beat and add a no-nonsense attitude (just check out 'Smokers song')...
I've just returned from the cornbury music festival where Imelda and her band did two sets. Having *never* heard of her previously, i was initially a reluctant listener, but by the end of the first number i was a fan. By the end of the second i was hooked.

While its a studio recorded (i.e. not a live) album, this cd manages to successfully capture much of her live act's spark.

Its very difficult to categorise her sound but if you like a broad range of music that includes blues through to lively rock'n'roll, (or would just like to try something different from bland churned out pop) you should find a great deal to enjoy here.

Give it a try and it won't be long before her voodoo's working on you too.

Tigger/Bandana Guy
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Ordered this CD having seen Imelda May on Jules Holland and not disappointed. The best CD I have bought for years, just what is needed for the shortening days. Varied styles giving a mixture of jazz, blues, swing, etc. Obviously a very talented young lady. No matter what your preference in music buy this CD and you will glad you did. Great to hear proper music played by talented musicians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2009
Having seen and been knocked out by Imelda May live in Brecon on 27th September 2009, I wanted to get all her recordings. "Love Tattoo" is mainly her own compositions, which are brilliant. Not only does she have a fabulous husky, sexy voice and a rock solid backing band, but she covers a wide range of styles through from blues and gospel to funk, rock-a-billy and punk. All the tracks are great, but "Falling in love with you again" is particularly haunting and memorable, and the title track is hard, driving rock. She has a refreshingly different image too, thankfully avoiding the barbie-doll look that is currently fashionable!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2009
I have this album living in my CD player, this is one album that hits you in the gut from the get go, completely different from the rest of the crowd Imelda May's music just gets right down to the nitty gritty from ballsy numbers "Johnny Got A Boom-Boom/Love Tattoo to the more softer "Meet You At The Moon" and the truely haunting "Knock 123" all delivered with tight feel from a band who has paid their dues

You really need to listen to this album!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2008
I first saw Imelda May with the wonderful Mike Sanchez band,she's got a fabulous voice.She was performing Mike classic roots rock'n'roll.She was also part of the really great Blue Harlem (just check their album out,Talk To Me,its superb). Then she went solo,with a crack band and what's more performing many of her own material.She appeared at the Cornbury Festival and down a storm,she is such a top rate live artist .So now this album,theres not many female singers quite as goods as this,original,classy and the whole album is beautifully put together mainly using her live band so it all flows along more like a live show in the studio.This really does deserve to be heard and I've no doubt its selling well at live shows.Please those doing radio shows get playing this album because its by a talent well worth catching up on.I just love her version of Lovin Spoonfuls'Wild About My Lovin',just about the best I've ever heard it done.The rest is a mixture of originals that sound like classic roots music,rock n roll,ballads and a whole bit more.This lady is going to be a major star so catch up on her now and tell your friends as well,Dublins never done better than give us Imelda May.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2009
I agree with all of the positive reviews of this album. There is nothing I can say about the excellent Imelda May (aka Imelda Clabby) that has not already been said in other reviews here - however I don't think anyone has paid tribute here to another person on this album without whom it simply would not be the same...the Double Bass playing of Al Gare (aka 'Slap Happy') is fantastic. The bass thumps and thuds through out the whole album in a wonderfully positive way (just listen to him on 'Johnny Got A Boom Boom' and try to NOT tap your feet!). A great taster for honest Rock'n'Roll/Jazz Bass. Nuff said.
A great album, a great singer ... and an excellent Bass player.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
From its catchy slap bass opening through to the close of the album, this is an assured and fun debut from Imelda May, an artist who I think will go far.

The bedrock of the album is a good old fashioned rockabilly sound, but mixed in with a very modern pop sensibility with themes and lyrics that could only have been written this millennium. It's fun. It jumps and jives, and rocks along in a very infectious manner, propelled by a great backing band an the superb voice of Miss May. She does the fast stuff very well, but on a couple of tracks she slows it right down and shows she has the range and ability to handle slow, gentle songs. She's genuinely a class act.

It's a long time since I enjoyed an album as much as this, 5 stars.
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on 23 January 2011
I bought this album when it was originally released and was surprised at how good it was because I first heard Imelda's style was rockabilly and wasn't sure I'd be so keen because I'd no previous interest in this type of music. However, while it's clear that she's very influenced by the genre, she's also influenced by jazz and blues, and doesn't feel the need to restrict herself to any one style (though I'm sure a record company would probably prefer an artist to do just that). To be honest, if it was all just rockabilly, I think I'd have been bored by it, but her songs that are derived from this style are upbeat and have me bopping around the house, they're are infectious. Her voice can be quite bluesy and is so good that I think it's a great thing that she mixes it up a bit with the different styles of song. I think she's a really good songwriter also. Usually artists whose voices I like as much as Imelda's, rely on others to do the songwriting, and the artists whose songs I love the most often aren't blessed with great vocal talents. Imelda is a rare talent, gifted with both skills and also that of producer to boot.

I first heard Imelda on the Irish music television programme 'Other Voices' and have been a big fan since. I've been lucky enough to see her live, which is an experience not to be missed. Her band are so talented and tight-knit and though it was a small gig I went to, I heard Imelda rehearsing earlier in the day, and was so impressed at how hard she worked. She has quite a stage presence and gives her all and that voice would send shivers down your spine.

Love Tattoo is now one of my all time favourite albums and I never get tired of it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2010
the studio album is very good but the live album is worth getting as well - she does a great live show. And writes some of the songs and has a lovely Irish accent floating above a very good band so well done Imelda
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