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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Irish singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Jeff Beck and Jools Holland and was produced by T-Bone Burnett.
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Black Tears
Black tears One will fall for every good year Inside I'm dying Outside I'm crying black tears Your kiss killed me on that night As your lips left a... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Apr 5, 2017
    82
    There’s no mistaking her passion. And with Life, Love, Flesh, Blood, May makes every intention clear.
  2. 80
    For Life Love Flesh Blood, Imelda May has hooked up with T-Bone Burnett and his failsafe session crew of tasteful interpretive talent to effect a shift away from boisterous rockabilly towards more sensual torch songs like “Call Me” and “Black Tears.”
  3. Q Magazine
    Apr 12, 2017
    80
    11 strong songs which ache, break and twang as craftily as they do sincerely. [Jun 2017, p.110]
  4. Uncut
    Apr 5, 2017
    70
    It's a svelte, consummately accomplished change, although Burnett's reliably polished, sometimes even laidback, settings allow plenty of room for grit and sweat. [Apr 2017, p.32]
  5. Apr 20, 2017
    70
    Ultimately, while the album may not hit with the rockabilly wallop that marked the best of her previous work, Life. Love. Flesh. Blood is nonetheless a sophisticated and gorgeously rendered album.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 5, 2017
    60
    Occasionally things get laboured or dull; still, a powerful new direction. [Apr 2017, p.93]
  7. Apr 6, 2017
    60
    Despite the tonal left turn, she’s still driving in the middle of the road, with always-predictable shifts in cadence and chord.
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