- Audio CD (22 Sept. 2014)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition
- Label: Axe House Music
- ASIN: B00LFX1JTM
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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The Dirty Truth [Digipack] Limited Edition
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British blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor returns to UK shores with a Nationwide UK Tour in November 2014, which follows hot on the heels of her fourth new studio album, “The Dirty Truth”, which is currently being recorded in Memphis. The tour kicks off at the Norwich Epic on 1st November and other UK including Sheffield, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Cornwall, and many more. The new album, “The Dirty Truth”, is released in the UK on Monday 22nd September on Joanne’s boutique label Axehouse Records. Joanne will be reunited with Jim Gaines who produced her 2008 debut album White Sugar. “I wanted to go back into the studio in Memphis with Jim to retain the same vibe that we captured on the first album,” says Joanne. “The new album is a combination of rock and blues, and I think it’s going to be an exciting collaboration, and hopefully, my fans will love the rockier edge.” The forthcoming album and UK tour follows 2013’s critically acclaimed Songs From The Road; a live album energized with soul power, blues savvy and rock roots. In May 2013, when Joanne originally performed an intimate concert at London’s Borderline, The Blues magazine wrote, “Joanne slips from bursts of muscular rhythm to searing riffs rooted in the blues but not dominated by it… JST bristles with self-confidence, energy and excitement.” In 2013 during an in-depth interview, The Blues magazine asked Joanne if she was having fun playing live. “How can you not enjoy that job?” she responded. “I get on stage, turn my guitar up really loud and I shout in the microphone for two hours. It’s like the best therapy in the world.” In November 2013, TV presenter Malcolm Gerrie said the following about Joanne in the Sunday Times – “Who said white gals can’t play the blues? Killer licks, soaring solos and heart-wrenching vocals.“A Brummie blues singer? Yes, really,” wrote the Sunday Telegraph about Joanne last November. “Joanne Shaw Taylor has enough soul to compete with the best the Mississippi Delta has to offer.”
Top Customer Reviews
While Taylor’s previous brace of studio albums, the soul-blues orientated Almost Always Never (2012) and the grittier Diamonds in the Dirt (2010) were strong releases, The Dirty Truth is their superior.
The Dirty Truth recalls Joanne Shaw Taylor’s 2009 debut album White Sugar in feel, sound (both were produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jim Gaines at the Bessie Blue studio in Tennessee) and mix of styles, including blues-rock, slow blues, shuffle based numbers and some soul-pop blues.
From the edgy rock ‘n’ blues of gangster-tale opener 'Mud, Honey' through to the Hendrix-esque closer 'Feels Like Home' The Dirty Truth is a big slice of guitar-led blues, with husky vocals that can bring a soft touch to proceedings (such as on 'Fool In Love') or deliver a fuller cry akin to a slightly smoother Tina Turner.
All complimented by some fabulously feisty blues licks from Taylor and solid accompaniment from Dave Smith (bass), Steve Potts (drums) and Rick Steff (keyboards).Read more ›
This is truly an excellent album. Her playing has matured - she picks the right notes more often and executes much more cleanly than in previous recordings - helped by clearly slicker production.
I will listen to this often and for a long time.
I've got no idea what JST has been through lately but this record just bristles with anger.
The opener Mud,Honey sets the tone with its story of a gangster character who has abused too many and it is followed by various tales of love,loss,betrayal and longing.
Superb playing,great songs and production by Jim Gaines which doesn't over complicate things.
There are many highlights but my own particular favourite is Shiver and Sigh which she wrote about ten years ago but has only now found the record for it to reside.
I've been a little critical in the past about her enunciation and whilst I still have a slight issue with it,it doesn't seem to matter here.The overall sound is what is important and it is fantastic.
Blues rock album of the year? Without doubt.
My first impressions are very favourable and if you love contemporary Blues Rock you will find much to delight from this, JST’s fourth album. It sees the lady re-united with producer Jim Gaines (Diamonds in the Dirt) a smart move as the two clearly work well together. Gaines creates the space for JST to strut her impressive stuff and brings the rest of the band to the fore resulting in a full and clean sound.
I have to admit to liking the approach of many artists at the moment in adopting the less is more approach and JST follows suit, ten original compositions clocking in at an economic 40 minutes. That said Joanne packs a lot into that space as the album is brim-full of foot to the floor Blues Rockers, a couple of Blusier shuffles, some giant slabs of soulful funk and a tender ballad.
The rhythm section are super- efficient creating solid platforms for Shaw-Taylor and keys man Rick Steff dovetails seamlessly with the front lady, matching her guitar work stride for stride and wrapping itself around the rasped vocal. Suffice it to say JST’s guitar playing is extremely accomplished but not to the point where it sounds formulaic. The vocal is an acquired taste but once you have the measure of it is suits the musical style very neatly. The slightly nasally and raspy voice adds power to the rockers, soul to the funk and tenderness to the ballad.
And across the ten tracks these styles are front and centre. Things get off to a storming start with a couple of pedal to the metal rockers in the shape of Mud Honey and the title track The Dirty Truth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
JST is such a star. Not a poor track on this CD from the new queen of blues guitar and her voice could make a grown man cry.Published 6 days ago by Martin H
Excellent bluesy rock supported by Joanne's gutsy voice. Saw her recently in Holmfirth. The small venue suited her perfectly and it was obvious she was enjoying herself.Published 1 month ago by Bert
Fantastic Album but very disappointed that I got a BLACK copy not a BLUE on as advertisedPublished 1 month ago by R. Martin
listen to this artist if you can you wont be disappointed.Published 2 months ago by backstreetcrawler
Very happy with this order , quick and efficient delivery , quality of item also very good .Published 4 months ago by Jake