Let Them Talk - Hugh Laurie
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  • Summary: The actor best known for his roles on the TV shows House and Jeeves and Wooster releases his debut album of blues music produced by Joe Henry.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
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  1. May 25, 2011
    80
    No embarrassing side-project, Let Them Talk turns out to showcase heartfelt and sensitively handled musicianship from one of our finest all-round entertainers.
  2. This is another acting job, in a sense, and Laurie's faux-Southern drawl grates a little, but he's assembled a band of N'awlins old hands to add authenticity.
  3. May 13, 2011
    70
    Aficionados may balk at an actor trespassing on sacred ground, but even they'd have to admit, that for a white, middle-class Englishman, Hugh Laurie plays a surprisingly convincing bluesman.
  4. 60
    With the slight caveat that Laurie's vocals never quite cast off their Englishness (and why should they?), this is a commendable effort which at its best furnishes considerable enjoyment.
  5. May 18, 2011
    60
    Laurie is best on standards such as St James Infirmary and Buddy Bolden's Blues, playing piano on them with strength and sensitivity. [Jun 2011, p.104]
  6. May 12, 2011
    40
    The foray ultimately fails because Laurie's voice is no more than adequate.
  7. Sep 6, 2011
    40
    This is no disaster on the level of, say, a Leonard Nimoy or Don Johnson album, but given Laurie's outspoken love for New Orleans and the involvement of Henry and his crew, Let Them Talk still falls well short of expectations.

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  1. Sep 24, 2012
    10
    Hugh Laurie is an excellent musician, and has great skill with the piano and the guitar, it makes him a complete musician. Apart managed to combine the best tracks of Blues with his voice and that's very unusual. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2011
    9
    Besides the celebrity status of the lead performer, there are a couple of areas that distinguish this album from similar efforts. One of the more interesting is that there arenâ Expand
  3. Dec 28, 2011
    6
    What a terrific first album from an incredible man. Even though I'm not very into blue, I can totally argue that Hugh's album changed my point of view immediately. His voice suits the music so great, the way he plays the guitar and piano... He's such a unbelievable master. A real surprise from start to finish, some excellent arrangements of real blues Tunes. Expand