Sweet Kind of Blue
Audio CD | Import
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Deluxe two CD edition includes a bonus CD containing seven additional tracks. 2017 release. Emily Barker's album was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. Sweet Kind of Blue is her first full studio album since 2013's critically lauded Dear River and marks a new sound for Barker as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician. Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road. In 2015 she composed her first full feature film soundtrack for Jake Gavin's Hector, which won a Scottish BAFTA for it's lead actor, Peter Mullan.
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Emily Barker is a really classy songwriter. Here, she covers a real variety of themes from love/lust in songs like the title track, a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharp (Sister Goodbye), the plight of refugees making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean (Over My Shoulder), a truly lovely break-up song (No. 5 Hurricane) and so on. Every one is a gem of sharp, incisive lyric writing, lovely melody and fabulous arrangement. There is a soulful, sometimes really funky feel to the album which is a new sound for Barker, and she does it really well, with an absolutely cracking band and her own vocals and instrumental work. Try the full-on funk of Sunrise or the astonishing solo vocal of Precious Memories and you'll see what I mean. It's a pleasure from start to finish.
I don't often gush like this over an album, but I genuinely think Sweet Kind Of Blue is exceptional. Emily Barker is a class act all round; she has already won prestigious awards for her songs (including a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello Award) and deserves to be far more widely known and appreciated. This is an exceptional piece of work from a very fine writer and performer and I can recommend it very warmly indeed.