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The Men I Love - The New American Songbook
Release Date: 12/07/2010
Catalogue No.: naimcd144
Record Label: Proper / NAIM
Format: CD

Barb Jungr is more than just a great singer. She's one of the world's premiere song stylists, drawing critical acclaim both sides of the Atlantic and famed for her inspired recasting of material associated with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jacques Brel, Nina Simone and Elvis Presley. Her latest album, The Men I Love, her first for Naim documents Jungr's love of American popular song and its songwriters. And as has come to be expected with Jungr, the material displays her impressive ability to re-imagine well-known popular songs, revealing deep meanings and latent emotional content that comes to light when she dislodges the songs from their original contexts.

“There is a body of great work which sits for me right inside the classic Great American Songbook, where songs both stand the test of time and also are able to be re-imagined and sometimes re-harmonised, allowing them to grow and develop beyond original recordings."

The genesis of this project was a season at the fabulous uptown venue, the Café Carlyle in New York City. The Café had become famous for a particular type of American and European song, and Jungr decided she wanted to do something a little different. She worked with pianist, arranger, producer and friend Simon Wallace in creating a new and varied programme of ‘Great American Songs' by contemporary writers. The show blew the doors wide open. The season was a huge success, and the audiences queued up to after the shows to tell Jungr how much the songs meant to them inspiring Jungr to make the show the basis of her next album.

The result is Jungr's most complete artistic statement to date, a profound but always enjoyable examination of the ‘heart' of some of popular music's greatest song and a spellbinding collection from one of our greatest and most original voices.

"poised on the cusp of relaxation and anticipation...perfect" 4/5 The Independent

 
"Jungr strips each song down to its very essence…a risk that pays off handsomely" 4/5 Rock n Reel
 
“one of the leading lights of the art-song tradition...outstanding" Metro
 
"[Jungr] sounds as if she has lived every line of every song...daring, drama and emotion" BBC.co.uk
 
"Walking a fine line between cabaret, jazz and pop, Jungr has always had an eye for an unlikely tune" 4/5 The Sunday Times
 
Barb Jungr] takes your breathe away ALBUM OF THE MONTH” The Independent (Information)


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Barb Jungr

The Men I Love - The New American Songbook

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Track listing - Disc 1
1
Once In a Lifetime
2
I'm A Believer
3
Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache
4
Night Comes On
5
Can't Get Used To Losing You / Red Red Wine
6
The River
7
I Saw The Light
8
Everything I Own
9
You Ain't Going Nowhere
10
My little Town
11
Wichita Lineman