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Mayhem [Enhanced]

Imelda MayAudio CD
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Imelda May, born in Dublin and raised in the Liberties, may be an unknown name to some, but to many she is already a superstar. She is unmistakable both in her music (a fusion of surf guitars, blues and rockabilly that wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch film) and her style, with a solitary curl and shock of blonde in her jet black hair. In Ireland, her debut album ‘Love ... Read more in Amazon's Imelda May Store

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  • Audio CD (July 19, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0042JIL2E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pulling the Rug
2. Psycho
3. Mayhem
4. Kentish Town Waltz
5. All For You
6. Eternity
7. Inside Out
8. Proud and Humble
9. Sneaky Freak
10. Bury My Troubles
11. Too Sad to Cry
12. I'm Alive
13. Let Me Out
14. Tainted Love
15. (BONUS TRACK) Johnny Got a Boom Boom

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About the Artist

Imelda May, born in Dublin and raised in the Liberties, may be an unknown name to some, but to many she is already a superstar. She is unmistakable both in her music (a fusion of surf guitars, blues and rockabilly that wouldn't be out of place in a David Lynch film) and her style, with a solitary curl and shock of blonde in her jet black hair. In Ireland, her debut album `Love Tattoo', which she recorded and released on her own label, has gone Triple Platinum. She has shared a stage with Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, David Gilmour, Sharon Shannon, Jeff Beck, Shane Macgowan, Kirsty McCall, Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, Wanda Jackson, Paul Brady and Meatloaf. And now, with the release of her new album "Mayhem", she is about to go stellar.

Being the youngest of five siblings , Imelda was the most susceptible to the various influences from her older brothers and sisters, which she could hear constantly through the walls of their two bedroom house. There was folk, the obligatory chart pop, and then there was Elvis. "My brother was a mad Elvis fan, and I found a tape in his room with Elvis, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. I thought the music was fantastic."

By the age of nine Imelda had fallen in love with rockabilly and the blues - the only kid in her class who wasn't into Wet Wet Wet. Singing along to rock n roll from an early age, her tastes began to develop and deepen, first with Elmore James and then - " I heard Billie Holiday, and that blew my mind." After a year of art college she dropped out, deciding she would rather sing for a living. At that point, her professional experience was confined to having sung on an ad for Findus Fish Fingers at 14. "A girl in The Liberties was in the music business and she got me this ad, where I sang, `Betcha never put your finger on a crunchier crumb!' I got £40 for it!" She quickly found work singing with the swing troupe Blue Harlem and rock n roller Mike Sanchez and had an interesting spell of singing in burlesque clubs: "I'd sing while the other girls were onstage. One of them used to take an angle grinder to her crotch and would produce a shower of sparks. One day a spark flew down my throat when I was singing!"

Imelda began singing in clubs when she was 16 years old and had the honour of being occasionally barred from her own shows at Dublin's Bruxelles club for being underage. "I was getting tips from the best musicians in Dublin. One of them said, `Your voice is great, but it needs to roughen." It was around this time, when driving a tearful Imelda to a gig, that her father asked her "Is your heart broken? Excellent. Now you can sing the blues". Remembered by Imelda as a turning point in her life, from then on her voice developed into the sultry, rich and unique tone you hear today.

By 2006 she was itching to go solo, and formed her own band. "We started out a bit jazzier, but it needed balls and roughing up which it got." Her debut album, "Love Tattoo" was soon released and started to get noticed. Catching the attention of Jools Holland in 2008 she supported him on tour which led to him requesting her to appear on Later. Here she performed to an audience that included Jeff Beck, Elbow and Roots Manuva and afterwards Beck made a point of telling Holland that he was only there to see Imelda. In 2009, Imelda knocked Bruce Springsteen off No. 1 to become the first female Irish artist to top the Irish album charts since Mary Black nearly 20 years ago. She then went on to win Female Artist of the Year at the Irish Meteor Awards. Despite album success, Imelda continued to tour, playing to over 400 000 people in 8 countries across Europe and the US - including, most recently a US tour with Jamie Cullum.

Imelda has not only caught people's attention musically, her striking style and unmistakable cool but quirky 50s look has led her to grace the front cover of the Irish Sunday Times Style, Roberto Cavalli flew her out to perform at his private party during the Milan Fashion Week.

2010 got off to an auspicious start when Imelda accepted an offer from Jeff Beck to perform with him at the Grammys. This was followed in April by a two night support slot in London with one of her idols, Wanda Jackson.

Her new album `Mayhem' sees Imelda continue to develop her uniquely modern fusion of classic musical genres. The record not only showcases her exceptional songwriting ability, but also displays some more disparate influences, with first single Psycho seeing Imelda channel the spirit of early PJ Harvey, whilst the heartbreakingly poignant "Kentish Town Waltz" conjures an image of Chrissie Hynde at her most reflective.

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 asnd 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.

Imelda May? In 2011, she bloody well will !

Product Description

2010 album from Irish female vocalist. She hails from The Liberties area of Dublin. Her most popular and well-known album is called Love Tattoo. She sings and plays the bodhr n. She won the Best Female at the 2009 Meteor Awards. Mixing Rockabilly, Blues and Soul music.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine second offering. October 13, 2010
Imelda's raw energy and great vocals set to top drawer compositions makes this one great album.Its really quite hard to pigeonhole Imelda's musical style, the best attempt I can come up with is that it is an eclectic mix of 50's genres with a hefty dollup of rockabilly doghouse bass.
My only critisim I can think of, is that I felt a few of the tracks ( Mayhem and Psycho come to mind ) could be best described as pop rockabilly, which probably helped in giving her music the broad appeal that put it right into number one in the Irish charts, though I can forgive this as, like the Stray cats in the 80's it has introduced a whole new generation to a fine and alternative genre of music you just dont hear on the radio these days.
All in all here is an artist that can deservedly be counted among female Rockabilly legends such as Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. Ireland, be very proud of this girl.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imelda May a rising stsr May 30, 2011
By Audrey
This album is terrific. Imelda's band now has Steve Rushton on drums and what a huge difference this makes. The music is so tight and energetic when it needs to be; smooth and oh so smooth when it needs to be; and boy can Steve really swing!!!

This band are doing what the "Stray Cats" did in the 80's - writing innovative new modern sounding music with hat tips to rockabilly and, no doubt, Imelda's roots in folk music. This is the real McCoy. Real Musicians playing great music. A pleasant change from overproduced DJ/rap/pop.

Definitely a MUST buy for those who like great rock 'n roll and blues!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars marvelous miss may December 24, 2010
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Imelda May's sophomore effort is as solid as her debut, seamlessly mixing rockabilly, swing, Irish folk music, and blues-inspired ballads. Especially noteworthy are the beyond woeful torch song "Too Sad to Cry" and a smokin' cover of "Tainted Love," which Miss May makes her own. What sets May apart from other British sirens, besides having an expressive, playfully sultry voice with great range, is a solid backing band that has worked together for years, giving the music a more genuine sound than any contemporaries who are primarily studio creations. Heartily recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, you May July 20, 2011
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I discovered the music of Imelda May on a Facebook post by Shirley Manson of Garbage. Shirley had such great things to say about Miss May, that I HAD to listen. Her first album "Love Tattoo" had me hooked! Usually with such a solid first album, most artist's second efforts can sometimes disappoint. I dare say I love this album even more than her first. Her sexy siren vocals mixed with the amazing musicians on the album are purely addictive. She can go from a blues growl to a punk rock howl in a heartbeat, often making your own skip one. I have been lucky to see her live twice and let me tell you, her voice is not just studio magic, this lady can sing! If you're looking for someone new, whether you typically like Rockabilly and Psychobilly or not, I think you'll be pleased!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Voice! March 30, 2011
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Imelda May has a voice that jumps out of the speakers at you. Whether its a sassy rockabilly-tinged foot-stomper or a torchy ballad, May, along with her band lead by her husband, a smoking-hot guitar grinder, spans generations and genres with ease.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imelda May Stole my heart February 28, 2011
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What a superb listen. Rockabilly to Irish folk and all points between. Imelda not only has the look, but also adorns the sound of an Angel. With Darrel's low thundering Gretsch backing her up it's just hard to go wrong. Her songwriting skills are nothing to laugh about either. Loved every song on the album including the one that Darrel wrote. This CD has been in my player since it arrived.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues January 14, 2011
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Imelda May has been associated with "rock-a-billy"; however, I think her second CD "Mayhem" is a blend of unique blues, jazz, & rock fusion. "Kentish Town Waltz" is a slow ballad and she just recently recorded it as a duet with Lou Reed. "Pulling The Rug", "Eternity", "Inside Out", "Proud & Humble", & the remix of "Johnny Got A Boom Boom" are all great blends of blues and rock. If you thought Pat Benatar's "True Love" from 1991 was one of her best CD's then you have to have this CD. Some would put it in the jump blues catagory; however, Imelda can't be pigeon holed. Her sound and band are a unique blend of old familiar and unique original, as all but two of the songs on this CD are written by Imelda. The old standup (upright) bass played by Al Gare gives the band a very unique sound and blend of acoustic, electric, and steel instruments with trombone, clarinet, fiddle (Kentish Town Waltz), and trumpet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Rockabilly Blues (NOT Jazz) July 24, 2011
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If you're looking for a Jazz album, don't buy this. It seems the negative reviews are about it not being good Jazz. She's a Rockabilly Blues singer, no idea how she got classified as Jazz.

If you liked the first album, you'll likely love this one, although it's a little over-produced. She has a powerful voice, not smooth and sugary sweet, not Jazzy. Her writing is solid, her covers are fun.

If you're unsure, listen to the samples. Pulling the Rug, Humble and Proud, Mayhem, and Sneaky Freak will give you a good idea of the album's range. Tainted Love is raucous, good fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great voice! wish to see her live
great voice ! wish to see her live !!!
Published 1 day ago by gerald matthew
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great, cover cracked, but on time and disc in excellent shape
Published 4 days ago by Hattie Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
INCREDIBLY BRILLIANT!
Published 11 days ago by B - arl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent rockabilly artist. Great songs!
Published 27 days ago by Jeff R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Liked it, as expected.
Published 28 days ago by Russ
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising find
I initially purchased this as a birthday gift for a friend and the CD came with a free digital download so I gave it a listen. I love her fresh style of rockabilly. Read more
Published 29 days ago by zebabanene
4.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem
Several of the songs on this CD DO sound like MAYHEM, but it is an enjoyable CD. We actually enjoy Imelda May's music more in videos.
Published 1 month ago by Posy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to this singer
Irish roots rock singer Imelda May and her band are a great change from the current crop of indistinguishable female pop singers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mystery Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Imelda May Changed My LIfe
Okay, that's a little strong, but its how I felt after listening to Mayhem. I first heard Imelda, and first heard of her, on the Graham Norton show on TV speakers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kelley Rinehart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
The CD arrived early. It is in great condition. I have not stop listening to it since I got it. Imelda May is AMAZING. I can't wait buy all if her music through you.
Published 2 months ago by Teresa Boze
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