Barb Jungr – Love Me Tender (2005)
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Some of the greatest song writing talents of the fifties, sixties and seventies wrote for the legendary singer Elvis Presley. Barb Jungr, regarded as Britain’s foremost chansonnier and song stylist takes these songs and embarks on a journey through love, loneliness, obsession and finally, faith. ‘Love Me Tender’ is a tribute to Elvis Presley in the real sense of the word. She is not impersonating him. These tracks are real covers – deconstructions and reinterpretations – making the listener forget the original. ‘Love Me Tender’ falls into the dark sound world usually inhabited by Nick Cave and Tom Waits; unforgettable and highly original.
Barb Jungr’s three previous Linn albums have seen her exercise her extraordinary talent for metamorphosing the songs of everyone from Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel to the Everly Brothers and Ray Davies into deeply personal, thought-provoking artistic statements; “Love Me Tender” addresses songs connected with pop music’s ultimate icon: Elvis Presley. Arrangers Adrian York and Jonathan Cooper, given mostly non-musical atmospheric cues to do with Jungr’s perceptions of the Deep South, have produced a remarkably homogeneous soundscape full of tolling bells, doomy repeated chords and aching spaces, transforming songs such as Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and In the Ghetto into poignant meditations on emotional yearning and loss. Jungr’s voice, always affecting courtesy of its ability to move uncontrivedly between the most intimate dramatic whisper, a confiding earnestness tinged with melancholy vibrato, and a strident assertiveness, brings out all her material’s subtlest nuances and the resulting album, which also contains a haunting original, Looking for Elvis, can only bolster Jungr’s already considerable reputation as one of Europe’s most intriguing and intelligent interpreters of the contemporary song.
01. Love Letters
02. Heartbreak Hotel
03. Long Black Limo
04. Wooden Heart
05. Are You Lonesome
06. Kentucky Rain
07. In the Ghetto
08. Love Me Tender
09. You are always on my mind
10. I shall be released
12. Looking for Elvis
13. Peace in the valley
All vocals by Barb Jungr except on ‘Peace In The Valley’.
Produced by Barb Jungr, Adrian York & Calum Malcolm.
Arrangements by Adrian York & Jonathan Cooper.
Recorded at Livingston Studios, London, UK from 30 November – 1 December 2004.