Mayhem - Imelda May
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  • Summary: The Dublin-based singer fuses blues and rockabilly on her rocking new album.
  • Record Label: Decca
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Rockabilly Revival
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 15, 2011
    80
    Imelda May can voice rockin' blues, slap-bass rockabilly and smoky torch jazz and she can do it incredibly well. [Nov. 2010, p. 102]
  2. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    On Mayhem, her third album, May proves bygone eras are merely sources of inspiration for her spirited take on American music.
  3. Jul 21, 2011
    80
    The bottom line is that some of the immediacy of her rockabilly jazz is lost once she goes for romance and seduction, but Mayhem is still a fresh, invigorating record that is worth picking up, no matter what your musical convictions are; it's that good.
  4. 75
    The arse-kicking Irish rockabilly revivalist's latest is ready-made for Quentin Tarantino's next soundtrack. [29 Jul 2011, p.72]
  5. Jul 19, 2011
    70
    Mayhem is an essential listen for those who believe, as May does, in the living, breathing powers of rockabilly and the blues.
  6. Aug 2, 2011
    70
    May seems destined for stardom, and given these compelling performances, she'll likely attain that stature soon.
  7. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    It's the perfect soundtrack for a greaser couples' first dance.
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  1. Jan 20, 2012
    8
    This lady is a true artist and is a real breath of fresh air at the moment. Great tunes and a great voice. Getting loads of airplay in Ireland, a nice change from the usual daytime radio stuff. The style is blues/rockabilly with a bite. A very well structured record where every track has a place on the album, no filler here in my opinion. If the Yeah Yeah Yeah's went to Nashville for a year and turned off their distortion pedals they'd end up sounding a bit like this I reckon. Highly recommended. Expand