ALBUM REVIEW: Imelda May’s ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’

Imelda May returns with her stunning fifth studio LP Life. Love. Flesh. Blood.

The Irish stars new release is her most personal to date and the intimacy and autobiographical style suits her down to the ground.

Over the years her vocal range has gotten stronger and there is now a beautiful catch in her voice that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.  The gorgeous new album has been produced by the legendary producer T Bone Burnett. It was recorded in Los Angeles over seven short days.

The change of direction for Imelda May’s music comes about because of her divorce from her husband of 18 years. The breakdown of her marriage happening since the release of her 2014 hit release Tribal.  ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ is a breath of fresh air and breaths new life into a classic Imelda May sound.

The standout tracks on the LP include ‘When It’s My Time’ which features a piano contribution from Jools Holland, ‘Black Tears’, ‘Call Me’ and ‘Bad Habit’.

The best thing about the album is the fact that it’s not pigeon holed to any particular genre. It features a collection of jazz, blues, rock, soul, and gospel making it an easy listen.

The full tracklisting for the LP is as follows:
Call Me
Black Tears [feat. Jeff Beck]
Should’ve Been You
Sixth Sense
Human
How Bad Can A Good Girl Be
Bad Habit
Levitate
When It’s My Time [feat. Jools Holland]
Leave Me Lonely
The Girl I Used To Be

‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ is May’s best release to date and is a surefire chart hit that will no doubt gain Imelda a host of new fans thanks to her raw and vulnerable new sound.

RATING 4.5/5

Life. Love. Flesh. Blood‘ is released on the 7th of April and is available to pre-order now.

Tickets for Imelda May’s May 2017 UK and Ireland tour are on sale now.

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Written by Laura Klonowski

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