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Great album but very overhyped
on 29 June 2011
Firstly I'd like to say I really enjoyed this album the first time I heard it. I work in a bar where a bit of 40's music and jazz on a Monday and Tuesday is very much appreciated so when I saw the TV ads for this I thought I'd give it a go. So what to make of Caro Emerald's debut (UK) album...
On the whole the album is very good. A lot of new Jazz artists release a great song and then their albums are sometimes dreary (Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux spring to mind), however "Deleted Scenes..." is largely a very lively, upbeat album. It takes a lot of influences from swing and big band but with a more bluesy sound and an almost RnB modern edge. So yes, as far as the songs go it's a good album and especially playing it at the aforementioned place of work a lot of our customers agreed.
Some of my highlights include "Just One Dance," "That Man" which are catchy and have that 50's quality and "I Know He's Mine" which for my money is the best track on the album as it's stripped down and has a more sultry, blues tone.
After hearing this not only at my place of work over and over again, I've started hearing it everywhere else. Out shopping, on the radio, at other pubs. It seems I cant get away from it now and I'm just a bit sick of it. And the more I listen to it the more I can find fault.
I think the main problem is that Ms. Emerald is nothing special. Her voice is totally perfunctory and sometimes falls flat. She seems to be riding a wave of 50's/burlesque revival but the problem with this is that there are other artists doing similar stuff and doing it far superior. Her closest rival in terms of style is Imelda May but Caro can't belt out the lyrics as well, nor are the songs as well written. She is quirky and "poppy" but outshined by Paloma Faith. Her vocals are jazzy but nowhere even close to Melody Gardot. Even when she goes into blues and RnB territory she doesn't do it as well as Amy Winehouse. It's sort of a Jazz album for people who aren't really that into Jazz. A "My First Blues Album."
So if you want some decent songs and a pleasant voice that are alright for background music then this is the album for you. Just don't expect it to stand up to repeated listening. If you like your Jazz, Swing, Blues or even just pop music then go elsewhere. I'd recommend the above artists; Imelda May and Melody Gardot especially, over Caro Emerald before wasting your money on this lounge music.