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on 21 May 2013
Beth and Joe's second release together and it doesn't disappoint.
I don't think there's a weak track on this album which is no surprise given both artists pedigree. Add a fantastic backing band comprising of some of the best musicians out there and you can't go wrong.
Another great selection of tunes for Beth to belt out in her unmistakable style. It can only be a matter of time before Beth's career goes into the stratosphere she has to be one if not the best female singers out there.
It really makes me sick when you see the crap that we get fed on from the endless talent shows out there, (Did I say talent), yet artists like Beth get overlooked. I recommend you catch her live if you get a chance you wont be disappointed, believe me.
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on 1 June 2013
...is that when you go down, there will always be someone to lift you up again.

Seesaw dips further into the world of traditional vocal jazz with slower tempos and more restrained string arrangements than Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa's previous collaboration Don't Explain, which had more country and soul influences. Ms Hart's performance is smoother too. Anyone expecting the raw rasping vocals that are the trademark of her blues output might be disappointed. I emphasise might. Her performance suits the material, and the difference between a good singer with an interesting voice and a great singer is that they can choose exactly how much of a technique they want to use in a given performance. Her love for the material shines on this record with songs like Them There Eyes and Seesaw sounding sweet and bright, while Close To My Fire and If I Tell You I Love You have a rich, smooth late-night-in-a-smokey-jazz-club quality to them. And if you listen to the way she uses a sharp sustained notes in the final verses of Strange Fruit to reenforce the brooding sadness of the song, you will discover what a clean, powerful singer she can be.

Joe Bonamassa too is showing what a craftsman he is. He long ago dispensed with need to wow people with guitar histrionics and instead delivers tight guitar breaks and interesting rhythm and accompanying parts that bolster the vocal performance. It's fascinating to see him experimenting with funk and acoustic blues on his last few records and now traditional Jazz on this. (I have reached the point where I buy his new releases on spec, and I've yet to be disappointed.) That's not to say that there aren't good solos on this album though. The one on I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know is impassioned blues at it's best, as is the more restrained one emerges from the guitar atmospherics at the close of Strange Fruit. But on this record you are more likely to notice the snap of his opening riffs on Nutbush City Limit, and his rhythm work on Can't Let Go, where slide guitar drives the song throughout. The adjectives usually applied to slide guitar like `blistering,' or `howling' don't fit here. It's a warm, rich, vocal sound, that is as smooth as velvet.

I guess that sums up the album. Its warm, smooth and comfortable to listen to, with surprising depth when you start digging into it. If you enjoyed Warren Haynes' Man In Motion album, you will like this. If you long for a gritty blues work out like Sloe Gin or Leave the Light On, you might wonder where the fire went. Well it's banked up, low but alive under the cinders, suffusing the album with a warm glow.

With Seesaw, I went for the vinyl version, and the artwork in the style of older Jazz album covers is pretty good. A nicely illustrated inner sleeve has notes from Beth Hart about some of the songs. The 180g pressing is clean and very quiet (important on tracks like Strange Fruit), but it seems a little tight round the centre post of my turntable. Like other Provogue records it's priced so you can buy this with a download from your supplier of choice, which on balance might be better than asking for more and including a download code inside. There are so many choices of how to get your music now it's hard to find a package that suits every listener. I still prefer a download paired with vinyl, but a spotify subscription probably fills that need for a lot of people.

If you are fan of either artist, this album is worth a look, as it's suitably different from their solo output. But if you are interested in superb vocal jazz and blues, thats when it becomes an essential purchase.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 May 2013
Joe on guitar, Beth singing - what could go wrong? Answer: nothing. This is a superb follow up to their first collaboration. I agree with another reviewer, Beth's version of Nutbush is really exciting, every bit as good as the original. Buy it.
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on 25 May 2013
Track one was a surprise. "Them there eyes" has a sort of big band sound to it. A big disappointment to me. Track two is "Close to my fire", a dark and sultry blues number that suits Beth's voice. Track three is a kick ass version of "Nutbush City Limits". Full of passion and power, it's hard to out do Tina Turner but it's been done now. Then the rest of the album is down and dirty blues that Beth and Joe just excel at. Second time of listening and now I like track one, maybe they should have put this track last on the album. Or maybe they wanted a reaction, maybe they know what they are doing better than me. After all Joe plays guitar better than me so anything is possible.
If you aint got this album yet what are you doing wasting time reading this rubbish.
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on 1 April 2014
I raved about Don't Explain and for me Seesaw does not quite reach the phenomenal heights of that album, but is still good enough to warrant 5 stars, so well worth dipping into your pocket money to buy this one.

I don't understand those who are in such high dudgeon about the cover of Nutbush City Limits. Of course the definitive version remains that of Ike and Tina Turner, but Beth Hart belts it out and does the song justice as she does with every other track on the album.

I am looking forward already to Beth and Joe's next collaboration
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on 22 May 2013
This is one of Joe's best projects. Really great album, and Beth Hart has a great voice to go with the choice of music. Interesting choice of songs, and some really great arrangements, all on a great vinyl pressing. Amazing value for the money and a real must for the collection of Joe's albums. Arrived safely, well packed in a huge box, with three other albums, and all were in great condition.
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on 14 August 2017
Discovered Joe bonamassa through a friend. Amazing artist then found Beth. Her version of rather go blind is surperb!
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on 11 November 2013
Beth Hart is now the leading lady in her genre of music. Heard her in Oslo in February on her Bang Bang Boom Boom tour. The first album her and Bonamassa did together, Don't Explain, give the listener the whole of her musical talent. Seesaw is just showing another of her very utmost skills, performed by two of the best musicians the world has ever seen.To make coverer versions is a form of art in itself, and it is extremely difficult to put your own label on it. Only Eva Cassidy did coverversions as well, and she unfortunately passed away far to early. Bonamassa is just putting his signature on the album with his suttle guitarplay and song. No wonder they are sold out everywhere the have gigs together. A lovely couple who definately liked to join forces for this album.
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on 25 January 2014
I've been a fan of Joe Bonamassa for some time and heard a couple of Beth Hart tracks on you tube so decided to buy their first album, Don't Explain and enjoyed it so much that I immediately otdered Seesaw which is equally as good.
Beth Hart has a great voice and combined with Bonamassa's amazing guitar rifts you have a great album.
There is a good mix of blues, jazz and rock. Obviously everyone has their own opinion and taste in music but what can't be denied is the quality of vocals and music.
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on 26 June 2013
This has got to be the best Beth Hart album ever and with great guitar from Joe Bonamassa - these two together sound absolutely fantastic - a must have for sure. If I could I'd have give it more stars - it's that good!
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