Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hugh Laurie -- who knew?

Apparently he was a poor black child.

Seriously, Hugh Laurie has released an album of New Orleans blues on which he is the lead vocalist, pianist, and musical visionary -- and Let Them Talk turns out to be a blast.

Now, Laurie has no business singing opera or adult contemporary, because his voice has a very definite rasp to it that all the vocal training in the world is unlikely to smooth out. But that voice is perfect for the blues, and I defy any performer to relish his music more than Laurie clearly does. This is a guy who is in the original, French sense an amateur -- that is, someone doing what he's doing for the pure love of it without regard for money (though I'm sure he doesn't mind the odd royalty here and there). And, to my surprise and relief, he turns out to be very, very good at it.

Not that he's so good at it that he's likely to have made it big as a musician without first having gotten name recognition from being one of his generation's finest comic and serious actors. This isn't ground-breaking material that expands the frontiers of the blues; it's a tribute album in which Laurie is paying loving and exuberant homage to the masters of the genre he loves. But it's fun, with more joie de vivre than any other album I've come across in the last few years, and it can be listened to over and over and over again (as I've been doing all week), and you find yourself helplessly and delightedly singing along halfway through your first hearing of each new song -- I find that I have to avoid listening to it in Starbucks because I'll suddenly realize I'm singing aloud. In that sense it's very much analogous to another of my all-time favorite albums, Merle Haggard's Same Train, Different Time, his tribute to the music of Jimmie Rodgers. Should Merle have won a Grammy for re-recording Jimmie's music out of sheer love and appreciation for the man's art? No. But could you listen to Merle's album with pleasure from now until the end of time (assuming you like country music in the first place)? Well, I've been listening to it since before I could walk, and I'm not tired of it yet, after almost half a century.

And I think it will be a long time before I'm tired of Let Them Talk.

In short (too late!), unless you just have some sort of personal antipathy to the blues, then you should head straight to Starbucks, buy this album, and leave it in your car's CD player for the next week or so.


At 8:06 PM, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 10.26
nike outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet online, gucci handbags, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, replica watches, polo outlet, burberry handbags, christian louboutin shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet online, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses, uggs outlet, christian louboutin, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, michael kors outlet, chanel handbags, ray ban sunglasses, jordan shoes, prada outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, nike air max, cheap oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, uggs on sale, burberry outlet, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, christian louboutin uk, kate spade outlet, nike free, louis vuitton outlet, tiffany and co, replica watches, nike air max, longchamp outlet, uggs outlet, longchamp outlet, tiffany jewelry, longchamp outlet, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton, prada handbags, michael kors outlet store, ray ban sunglasses

At 8:14 PM, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

sac vanessa bruno, louboutin pas cher, new balance, hollister uk, coach outlet store online, longchamp pas cher, nike tn, nike air max uk, north face, true religion outlet, lululemon canada, michael kors outlet, true religion outlet, coach purses, abercrombie and fitch uk, sac longchamp pas cher, polo ralph lauren, ray ban uk, vans pas cher, nike free run, air max, michael kors, north face uk, hollister pas cher, oakley pas cher, converse pas cher, nike free uk, nike air force, true religion outlet, coach outlet, jordan pas cher, sac hermes, guess pas cher, nike roshe, polo lacoste, nike roshe run uk, michael kors pas cher, ray ban pas cher, nike air max uk, kate spade, burberry pas cher, nike air max, nike blazer pas cher, ralph lauren uk, coach outlet, michael kors, hogan outlet, mulberry uk, timberland pas cher, true religion jeans

At 8:26 PM, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

mac cosmetics, gucci, hollister, herve leger, babyliss, hermes belt, soccer jerseys, nike trainers uk, celine handbags, vans, abercrombie and fitch, jimmy choo outlet, giuseppe zanotti outlet, nike air max, ferragamo shoes, lululemon, ray ban, ralph lauren, iphone 6 cases, converse outlet, asics running shoes, ghd hair, north face outlet, valentino shoes, timberland boots, insanity workout, nike air max, north face outlet, nfl jerseys, chi flat iron, hollister, vans outlet, beats by dre, soccer shoes, longchamp uk, p90x workout, louboutin, oakley, mont blanc pens, mcm handbags, converse, reebok outlet, hollister clothing, baseball bats, wedding dresses, nike roshe run, bottega veneta, new balance shoes, nike huaraches, instyler, tory burch outlet, oakley sunglasses

At 8:32 PM, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

louis vuitton, thomas sabo, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton, pandora jewelry, swarovski crystal, canada goose outlet, juicy couture outlet, barbour, louis vuitton, canada goose jackets, hollister, marc jacobs, barbour uk, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, supra shoes, canada goose, canada goose outlet, moncler uk, michael kors outlet online, toms shoes, wedding dresses, pandora jewelry, ugg pas cher, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, swarovski, doudoune moncler, moncler, pandora uk, moncler, moncler, juicy couture outlet, michael kors handbags, replica watches, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, ugg uk, pandora charms, louis vuitton, montre pas cher, moncler outlet, moncler, lancel, canada goose, ugg, doke gabbana, links of london, canada goose, karen millen uk, canada goose uk, coach outlet
ninest123 10.26


Post a Comment

<< Home