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After the huge success of his debut album, Let Them Talk, on which he celebrated and revived classic material from the world of NOLA blues, Hugh Laurie presents his second album, Didn't It Rain.

Didn't It Rain sees Hugh Laurie depart the sounds of New Orleans as he follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy ("St Louis. Blues") and Jelly Roll Morton ("I Hate A Man Like You") to more recent artists such as Dr. John ("Wild Honey") and Alan Price of The Animals ("Changes").

Again produced by Joe Henry, Didn't It Rain was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of 2013. Complemented with the heart and accomplishment of his supporting musicians the Copper Bottom Band - Jay Bellerose, Kevin Breit, Vincent Henry, Greg Leisz, Robby Marshall, David Piltch and Patrick Warren with Elizabeth Lea and Larry Goldings - the album also features several lead vocal performances from Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and soul singer Jean McClain who has previously worked with artists as varied as Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow. The album also highlights a very special guest in the shape of the Grammy-winning blues artist Taj Mahal who contributes vocals to a new take on Little Brother Montgomery's "Vicksburg Blues."

1. The St. Louis Blues
2. Junkers Blues
3. Kiss Of Fire
4. Vicksburg Blues
5. The Weed Smoker's Dream
6. Wild Honey
7. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair
8. Evenin'
9. Didn't It Rain
10. Careless Love
11. One For My Baby
12. I Hate A Man Like You
13. Changes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 6, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00DBRT4Z6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison on May 6, 2013
Everybody likes the very personable Hugh Laurie, who has entertained us from TV comedy shows Fry and Laurie, Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, via films Peter's Friends and Stuart Little and finally mega-stardom with the TV drama House. This album carries on from his previous one `Let them talk' with more classy jazzy blues, with Laurie holding his own with his talented American musicians but taking slightly more of a back seat this time out by leaving some of the vocals to others. Taj Mahal sings on Little Brother Montgomery's `Vicksburg Blues', while Jean McClain sings on opener `St. Louis Blues', as well as `Send me to the 'lectric chair' and Jelly Roll Morton's `I Hate A Man Like You'. Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno handles Joe McCoy's `The Weed Smoker`s Dream' (Why Don't You Do Right?) as well as dueting with Laurie on the sexy bilingual tango `Kiss of fire' and both women rip it up on a fabulous rollicking version of the title track, Sister Rosetta Tharpe's `Didn't it rain'.

I've seen less than kind reviews of this record, which I find hard to understand - it is well-played by Laurie and his all-star Copper Bottom Band (although I thought that guitarists Kevin Breit and Greg Leisz were under-used), well-produced by Joe Henry and there is lots of variety both in the material and the different singers. I thought there was a good mix of older and more modern songs - the album closes with Alan Price's `Changes'. There is also a nice mixture of well-known and more obscure songs, from the show-business `One for my baby' usually associated with Frank Sinatra to Jack Dupree's druggy down and out `Junkers Blues'. If you liked the multi-million-selling `Let them talk' then I'm sure you'll also like this, which is more of the same really - with Hugh's love of the music again shining through.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By K. C. Collins on April 9, 2013
I have been listening to this album on youtube and once again Hugh Laurie really takes my love of the blues makes it even bigger. I don't know how a man born in England has gotten the soul of the southern America blues, but in my humble option he has.
You can tell his love of the music and lyrics as he goes from one classic to the next. Oh Mr. Laure, hurry up and get your album to the country that brought you the blues!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Emgee on August 7, 2013
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Let me preface this by saying that this is not the typical type of music that I listen to. I'm generally more of a country boy and I also like some classic rock and rock bands that started in the 90s and have continued to produce quality music since despite lack of radio airplay. But I generally have an open mind when it comes to music.

That being said, take my opinion for what it is worth.

I like this album. A few days before it came out, I finally picked up "Let Them Talk." Again, not being the type of music I was normally used to, I wasn't fully sure what to expect. I'll even admit that it piqued my interest being such a huge "House" fan. But perhaps that's something else that drew me to it: this isn't a faded TV star putting out a rock album and trying to capitalize on his success. This is music very unlikely to garner much radio airplay and it is clear that it is music that Hugh has a passion for.

As for "Didn't It Rain"? I think I liked "Let Them Talk" a bit better. There were more guest vocalists on this record, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I quite liked Hugh's vocals on the previous record. And when he does sing on this one, his vocals are just as engaging. No, he's not an award-caliber vocalist, but again, his passion and love for this music is clear.

Hugh is an incredible musician. He is multi-talented and able to play multiple instruments and truly knows the craft.

Is the album likely to get me to go out and buy more blues music? Not outright, but it might prompt me to dig more into its roots and check some out of the library and see how much of it I like. I'm always open for listening to something new.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By orchard1988 on July 15, 2013
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For those of you who enjoyed Hugh Laurie's first CD "Let Them Talk", you will certainly enjoy his second CD "Didn't It Rain". Beautiful piano playing and his nice, easy voice make this CD another winner! Don't miss out!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TL.Bridges on September 5, 2013
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Hugh has been trying to get the music to speak his mind for awhile now, until this release I always thought he as sounding a bit amateurish...with the release of this effort he is sounding more real, his treatments of classics is terrific, vocally reminiscent of Leon Russel, he has created a niche sound that takes you from Paris to New Orleans and Back...Good Job!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kudzuisedible on September 8, 2013
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Hugh Laurie's first album was "Let Them Talk" and it was a real tour de force - an exceptional performance that would be exceptionally difficult to equal or exceed. This second album "Didn't It Rain" fell short, for me at least, by at least a little bit. That said, I would recommend purchase of this new album without qualification - any one should enjoy it thoroughly. Laurie's own startlingly good voice and Blues styling is augmented with great performances from Gaby Moreno, Jean McClain, and Taj Mahal. Just don't forget that "Let Them Talk" is still Laurie's best work. He may top that one yet, another time.
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