Mayhem

  • Record Label: Decca
  • Release Date: Jul 19, 2011
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. 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.
  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. Mojo
    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]
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Jul 27, 2011
    75
    The arse-kicking Irish rockabilly revivalist's latest is ready-made for Quentin Tarantino's next soundtrack. [29 Jul 2011, p.72]
  5. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    It's the perfect soundtrack for a greaser couples' first dance.
  6. Aug 2, 2011
    70
    May seems destined for stardom, and given these compelling performances, she'll likely attain that stature soon.
  7. 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.
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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 inThis 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. Full Review »