Bang Bang Boom Boom
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2013 album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Over the course of 11 originals, Hart takes in every element of her talent, but also every element of her story. It is, quite simply, a tour de force. The album begins, quite simply, in the bottom of a brown bottle, with Hart inhabiting the brave but broken majesty of Billie Holiday. 'Baddest Blues' completely lives up to it's title, sounding like the blackest part of night. The title track then bursts out like a dirtier, more dangerous kind of Adele song, suggesting more completely the yin and yang of this still-emerging star's vocal sweep. There is little Hart can't do as a vocalist, and she's finally getting a chance to prove it.
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I STRONGLY suggest this album get a listen from as many people as possible so her gargantuan talent can be seen for what it is. As someone who knows a little bit about music (radio 22 years / musician 45 years), Beth Hart is GREAT!
I listened to it multiple times and ultimately decided it wasn't appropriate for my friend, she wouldn't like it- too raw, too crude, too harsh- for her, not ME, I love it. This is raw to the bone, about loss, trouble, deprivation, death, misfortune. The title song would have been all right (my favorite, a sexy, BADASS song)- but for the final line, which puts an entirely different sinister spin on it: "...and the NEXT bang bang might be for YOU." (The only other problem with this song, for me, is that it's one of those songs you CANNOT get out of your head, may drive you nuts!) As far as the harsh themes of the album, it's not necessarily depressing, Hart's in effect thumbing her nose at misfortune, "Take that!" but the subject matter is still misfortune, the world ain't a great place, so.
Hart's talent as both songwriter and singer is astonishing, as others have said. Just note if you're planning to give this as a gift some might view it as being on the dark side.
She has a diverse vocal range that calls on the spirits of many artists before her, even some males - but the listener never loses Ms. Harts voice. She has a unique styling that I love. Sexy, coy, playful and down right bad to the %@!+
bone..! I could listen to her riffing in the studio and be as happy as listening to this album. In fact I would love to listen to her work out her songs...what a joy that would be...!
Plus she can move from the blues to rock and to of all things swing without sounding contrived or working too hard to
Beth Hart has a gift. Everyone who actually likes and enjoys good rock/blues/ballad type music and a female singer who can actually sing across genres without faking it needs to buy this album! Needs to!