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5.0 out of 5 stars She's just perfection
I could listen to Liane Carroll for ever. Her new album just soars up there with the best. I'm lucky enough to see Liane most weeks and never tire of her performances. "Here's to life" is just perfection. Love the whole album. Congratulations to James McMillan for producing such a perfect musical experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars POOR SELECTION OF SONGS
LIANE HAS A GD VOICE BUT IS WASTED ON SONGS THAT JAZZ SINGERS FRM THE GOLDEN AGE MADE THEIR OWN AND DID SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE CURRENT GENERATION OF JAZZ SINGERS.LIANE NEEDS AN ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS SHE CAN MAKE HER OWN
Published 15 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN


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5.0 out of 5 stars Liane's Masterpiece, 19 April 2013
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Liane's latest is simply stunning. Ballads shows the UK's most gifted jazz vocalist at her peak with definitive
renditions of some true heartbreaking numbers. The understated production is truly graceful and alongside some familiar material which includes 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' and a poignant reading of 'Here's To Life', Liane has also provided us with some rare beauties like the gorgeous 'Calgary Bay' and 'The Two Lonely People'.
The voice cracks and soars with emotion and this album is a true roller coaster for the listener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liane's Finest, 18 April 2013
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'Ballads', the second album Liane has recorded with producer James McMillan, is quite simply the recording pinnacle of the most brilliant singer you've ever/ never heard of. Though I might be biased in that I know Liane and have seen her countless times in live performance, her career up to this point has yet to propagate the album that would make you yell "YES. THIS IS THE ONE! LET'S SHOUT ABOUT LIANE!".
Until now. Ballads not only excels in the choice of music, ranging from the well known (You've Changed, Mad About The Boy) to the less well known (songs from Todd Rundgren, Sophie Bancroft) and the forgotten gems (Gordon Jenkin's incomparably moving 'Goodbye'), but in arrangements (mostly provided by the peerless Chris Walden), production, and most importantly, performance. Liane 's voice soars and dips and cracks and rips just like you remember at those gigs, whether crammed in like pilchards in her regular Hastings haunt, Porters, or bolted to your seat in rapt awe in concert halls across the world. The playing is beautiful behind her, with notable triumphs notched up by the bass clarinet of Julian Siegel and the piano of Gwilym Simcock, and really, if you put it side by side with Joni Mitchell's Vince Mendoza scored 'Both Sides Now', you will hear that neither loses anything in comparison. The mark of a great record is its ability to convey a moment and capture a mood, and this one does so to the extent that I would say it's the most important vocal jazz record this century, pushing forward as it does the much under-sold and totally wonderful Liane Carroll.

Once you've bought this, go and see Liane performing. I promise your life will seem richer afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!, 17 April 2013
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Even by her own stratospherically high standards,Liane Carroll has outdone herself with this album. So many beautiful songs, all sifted and served in one divine offering. The new songs sit comfortably next to the old and serve to tempt the palette but even the older ones stimulate with their perfectly re-imagined presentations. The arrangements are sumptuous;the individual musicianship dazzling; and her full- on focus conveys the emotion in each number peerlessly.
Have I said enough to tell you I ADORE this album? Be in no doubt, it is her MASTERPIECE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huffington Post Review, 17 April 2013
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Liane Carroll is a little like Diana Krall without the bitch and it works for her. Ballads, released April 15th, is practically malice free and consequently, extremely affecting.
From the off, Carroll's arresting vocal rises from the speaker in a soft smoke, till it seems you're breathing it in. Saying so can only give the slightest hint of the intimacy she invites over these eleven tracks: even with a full orchestra behind her, masterfully arranged by Chris Walden, her voice peels up from the rest of the track, sticking only to the meaning of the lyric. You've Changed holds the line 'There's no need to tell me we're through' and from someone else, the delivery might have come sharpened with spite but Carroll loosens the stiff upper lip, resigning herself to a letdown lover, and its a stirring moment. One of many.

The other delight in these performances is how genuine they sound; true to form, Carroll mercifully side-steps the all-too-common affliction which sees other modern jazz singers treat vowels as if they're a New Jersey cabbie. With a delightfully unmannered performance, most lyrics hit as sincere, believable episodes from her life: these could be her words, even if they do come from an offbeat selection of writers, including Buddy Holly and Carole King. Curiously -despite their authorship- the album is arranged and produced so well and Liane's performances so nuanced and easy, pressing play feels like discovering a gem time buried away.

Ballads is aptly titled. The album is midnight blue, never lively but not lacking for this. It is a heartbreak record too, for the most part. Largely, it is a triumph in this; perhaps the only fault is too much guitar, which makes much less of an impact than the delicate piano. The exception is Two Lovely People, which works into a gorgeous, fluttering guitar solo. Some songs also miss the mark - the album starts on the wrong foot and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow has been more flatteringly interpreted. Consider these blips.

So often it's said that a singers voice is wonderful when it cracks and thins with emotion. But how much better when a vocal swells and grows rich when it chokes up. The most poignant moments on this record are also its finest and throughout, the arrangements build magnificently; these are endings to stop conversation and put pauses between breaths.

This is an album to listen to time over, to soundtrack your memories with. Forget your water, leave the rocks in the bucket - Ballads is a record to cut whiskey with.

David Ellis, Huffington Post
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3.0 out of 5 stars POOR SELECTION OF SONGS, 26 April 2013
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LIANE HAS A GD VOICE BUT IS WASTED ON SONGS THAT JAZZ SINGERS FRM THE GOLDEN AGE MADE THEIR OWN AND DID SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE CURRENT GENERATION OF JAZZ SINGERS.LIANE NEEDS AN ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS SHE CAN MAKE HER OWN
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