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Imelda May - Love Tattoo

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Label: Ambassador Records/Universal

Year: 2008

Duration: 39 minutes

1 of 1 Very catchy and built for playing live
Very catchy and built for playing live

Nirvana with Sonic Youth, Thin Lizzy with Queen, Van Halen with Black Sabbath... music history is full of the support bands who blew the headliners away. Here's someone else who would have anyone fretting in the wings.

From Dublin, and with a portal back to that 1950s double bass sound, Imelda May serves up the sass and swing with such conviction that everything could've been an 'A' or 'B'-side back in the day.

It's the usual stories of men and molls - very catchy and built for playing live - but the most exciting thing about 'Love Tattoo' is when she slows it down for the torch songs.

On 'Falling in Love with You Again' and the album's best track, 'Meet You at Moon', May rises high above the good-times-bad-attitude music of the rest of the record and delivers songs that far bigger names should be jealous aren't theirs.

Someone to get very excited about - less rock, more Billie next time, please.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Johnny Got a Boom Boom - Feel Me - Knock 123 - Wild About My Lovin' - Big Bad Handsome Man - Love Tattoo - Meet You at the Moon - Smokers' Song - Smotherin' Me - Falling in Love with You Again - It's Your Voodoo Working - Watcha Gonna Do

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