16 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dublin, Ireland’s Imelda May swings in a number of stylistic idioms — rockabilly, jazz, country — all with stirring conviction. The grimy guitars that fuel “Psycho,” her second album’s first single, are only matched by May’s spirited vocal prowess. After the opening three-some of tough rockabilly-inspired grooves, May throws together the sweet, horn-scented ballad, “Kentish Town Waltz,” to show off her quiet side. The track is also done as an odd duet with Lou Reed where the two singers sound like they’re stalking each other. “Inside Out” takes cocktail jazz and knocks over the drinks. “Bury My Trouble” shuffles with a sense of hyperventilating rage. The cover of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” ramps up the vamping to unparalleled heights. “Let Me Out” features further guitar slashing and overheated vocals. Everything May does sounds like a desperate situation where action must be taken. She is a convincing chanteuse that puts the excitement back into the nightclub.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dublin, Ireland’s Imelda May swings in a number of stylistic idioms — rockabilly, jazz, country — all with stirring conviction. The grimy guitars that fuel “Psycho,” her second album’s first single, are only matched by May’s spirited vocal prowess. After the opening three-some of tough rockabilly-inspired grooves, May throws together the sweet, horn-scented ballad, “Kentish Town Waltz,” to show off her quiet side. The track is also done as an odd duet with Lou Reed where the two singers sound like they’re stalking each other. “Inside Out” takes cocktail jazz and knocks over the drinks. “Bury My Trouble” shuffles with a sense of hyperventilating rage. The cover of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” ramps up the vamping to unparalleled heights. “Let Me Out” features further guitar slashing and overheated vocals. Everything May does sounds like a desperate situation where action must be taken. She is a convincing chanteuse that puts the excitement back into the nightclub.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
103 Ratings
103 Ratings
Dale-in-UK ,

Mayhem

I wasn't expecting all that much, since I had merely seen Imelda May on TV, so I decided to take a press pass to see her. I was very impressed at her performance and when I listened to her recording of Mayhem, it was almost as good as the performance. Very high energy and still a lot of subtlety. Great voice, and she has a real sexual delivery.

iAlien~ ,

Wow.

This is my first time listening to Imelda May, and wow!..I wasn't disappointed! This album is extraordinarily good from beginning to end!

larick88 ,

better than Adele

well, I heard a song called Mayhem being played over the credits of a little movie I just saw for the first time (Wild Target - not too bad), and it blew me away....then two nights later, I happened to see her on Craig Fergeson....that was it.....I bought the album immediately....Imelda is the real deal and she should become HUGE....I have not heard a female singer this original and captivating in many years....LOVE her music!!!

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