Album Review – "Lady Sings The Blues", Rebecca Ferguson

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As the weather is slowly (very slowly) getting warmer, and the days are getting longer, and balmy, lazy afternoons are once again in sight, what better way to chill out and melt into relaxation than by listening to the languid, soothing tones of Rebecca Ferguson? Her brand-new album is called Lady Sings the Blues, and is a fitting tribute to the legendary era of Swing and Jazz. The influences of Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, and Amy Winehouse are clear, although Rebecca’s distinctive tone manages to leave her own individual stamp on the songs.

 

The tracks themselves vary in tone within the genre: from the upbeat and joyful ‘Get Happy’ (if you deny clicking your fingers along to that one then I don’t believe you), to the melancholic yet romantic ‘Embraceable You’. My personal favourites of the album are ‘That Old Devil Called Love’ and the wonderful ‘Summertime’, both classic songs that Rebecca does sweet justice to. If you have a penchant for the old-era vintage swing blues, then this collection is the ideal soundtrack to your afternoon of lazing in an armchair or snuggling up with that special someone. The perfect accompaniment to a smooth red wine, or a glass of G&T with cucumber.

 

~ Eleanor Goodman

Pick of the Week – Gare Du Nord, "Pablo's Blues"

If you like slow and chilled out music then this song is definitely worth listening to. I’m not usually a fan of sampling, but this song is certainly an exception. Sampling vocals from the blues classic Come On In My Kitchen by Robert Johnson, this song is a perfect blend of old and new.

 

Best listened to on a cold winters night, next to a blazing fire place and with a glass of whisky in your hand. Maybe take the whisky out of the equation; we don’t condone drinking…

 

~ Alex Burnett

 

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNIFFr_LjGY