Thursday, August 11, 2011

IMELDA MAY---"MAYHEM" CD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY{2 winners!!} ends 8/20/11

Imelda May's latest album Mayhem was released on July 19th.  This album is her second album in the US, and the first on the label. She is not new to the US, having been on "The Tonight Show" in April, the 2010 Grammy Awards and a PBS concert special with Jeff Beck.  Her music background is quite interesting, with achieving triple-platinum status in her native Ireland and gold status in the U.K. along with numerous other awards! Imelda performed on Graham Norton's show and twice on Jools Holland. She received 4 -star reviews from MOJO, The Daily Mirror, The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph. There's more... her album reached #7 on the U.K. chart and remained in the Top 10 for two weeks, and the Top 20 for eight weeks!

Imelda May has shared a stage with Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, and Meatloaf, to name a few that you may be familiar with.  Her music is a fusion of surf guitars, blues, and rockabilly. Her distinct style is wearing a solitary curl  and a shock of blond in her jet black hair. Being the youngest of five siblings, she had the varied  influences of her older brothers and sisters. They listened to pop and ....Elvis. She went to art college for a year, and then chose to drop out. She had decided that she wanted to sing for a living! She began to sing in clubs at age 16, sometimes becoming barred from her own  shows due to being underage. In 2006, she formed her own band. Her debut album"Love Tattoo"was soon released and she began to get attention.  In 2008,  she performed on Jools Holland's show "Later", and  here she performed to an audience that included Jeff Beck, Elbow and Roots Manuva. Beck told Holland later that he was only there to see Imelda. Fast forward a few years to 2010, Jeff Beck asked her to perform with him at the Grammys. She had the opportunity to play in a support slot with her idol Wanda Jackson that April.

From her site, " This year Imelda will perform at Glastonbury, T In The Park,  Womad and Ireland's Electric Picnic as well as touring the UK in May and September. She also has three songs---including the
legendary "Johnny Gotta Boom Boom" and forthcoming single "Mayhem" featuring on the soundtrack  to the new "Wild Target" film starring Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, and Rupert Everett."

My thoughts...I've listened to the cd a few times, and I like Imelda's music. It's not something that I'm used to hearing, and it was definitely a change in style of music for me! Rockabilly, kind of reminds me of Brian Seltzer and The Stray Cats! But I also thought that she sounded a little country-like in "Kentish Town Waltz"! I love "Mayhem", it's got a great beat to it!!  In "Proud and Humble",  she sings, " I said Lord here's the total of what I done. Sometimes I did good, sometimes I done wrong. But I did the best I could from where I come from. And I'll keep on trying' till my day is done." Wow, and it's sung in rockabilly!   I read some of her lyrics, and they make you think! She wrote 13 of the songs on this cd! There is also

I've got some links for you to check for more information and to follow Imelda May!

Imelda May's "Mayhem" on YouTube

Imelda May on Facebook

Imelda May's website

Imelda TV

Imelda May on MySpace



July 21 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
July 26 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
July 27 - New York, NY@ Central Park Summerstage
July 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
July 30 - Brighton, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
August 2 - Montreal, Quebec @ Jazz All Round
August 3 - Toronto, Ontario @ The Horseshoe Tavern
August 4 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Edmonton Folk Festival
August 7 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
August 11 - Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
August 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
August 13 - Burnaby, BC @ Burnaby Blues and Roots Music Festival 
Disclosure: I was given a CD from Sneak Attack Media in order to facilitate my review. The opinions  expressed are my own!

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