Tribal - Imelda May
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  • Summary: The fourth studio release for the Irish rockabilly singer was produced by Mike Crossey.
  • Record Label: Verve
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Rockabilly Revival
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    This a powerful, uncompromising release and one that doubles down on her established style while pulling no punches.
  2. Sep 23, 2014
    80
    This album debuted at No. 1 in her native Ireland, and it has the muscle to catch on here.
  3. 80
    The sound of a very classy singer, and her smokin' band, having a fabulous time. [Aug 2014, p. 209]
  4. Jul 24, 2014
    70
    Here we get her bright, puckered vocal attack showcased on a bevy of instantly infectious cuts.
  5. Aug 6, 2014
    65
    Imelda May's fourth album works best when she drops the bad-bad-girl stereotypes, but takes a few songs for her to hit her stride. [No. 112, p.59]
  6. Jul 24, 2014
    60
    May's an engaging and entertaining storyteller on the more breakneck material, particularly the dynamic Wild Woman and the melodically astute Hellfire Club. The ballads, however, are less distinguished.
  7. The obvious skill and spring in May’s delivery can excite, but her music has become too uniform, too fixed in its backward view to keep us rapt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    6
    This woman is just AMAZING live, go see her and the band! It has been a long journey from Love Tattoo to this, the sound is more crispy, loudThis woman is just AMAZING live, go see her and the band! It has been a long journey from Love Tattoo to this, the sound is more crispy, loud and fast. I miss the wooded sound from the bass. Nevertheless an album with good tracks that should sound even better live. Expand