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Hailey Tuck : Junk

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9

6.1

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UK release date 27.04.2018

Hailey Tuck releases her striking debut under the auspices of Sony music and legendary record producer Larry Klein to dazzling effect.Once you get used to her uncannily familiar voice, a cross between Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot,i'ts plain sailing all the way with this largely covers based platter.Her distinctive languid jazz style works a treat on the well chosen treasure trove of goodies on offer.

The jaunty sounding 'That Don’t Make It Junk' by Leonard Cohen sounds effortless adorned with cheery organ and tasty guitar work,it's an intriguing start and a gem that whet's the appetite and the resigned tone of 'Cry To Me',a Solomon Burke evergreen, shouldn't work but somehow it does with her understated and subtle treatment of the song taking it into a further dimension.

Klein has captured the magic too and this well honed band need to be given special props- sublime arrangements is what you get here and each song has a unique quality as typified by Joni Mitchell's dream like 'Cactus Tree' and the totally engaging accordion led 'Alcohol' a tongue twister with a killer chorus to die for (a little known Kinks classic) is another highlight.

Her own material shows heaps of potential too, 'My Chemical Iife' is a little beaut, melodic,lyrically inventive and the interplay between the melodica and an ever so smokey alto sax is totally absorbing and playful.Sacred cow's are taken and dispatched in this girl's stride especially on 'Trouble In Mind' a tune covered by the likes of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone- not a problem! A peach of an arrangement with that scintillating organ riding high also sees our heroine home on the range with grace and great taste once more,seems I can't wax lyrical enough suffice to say Hayley Tuck is a real touch of class and her story starts here ......A star is most definately born!
Words Emrys Baird

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