Live in 3Arena

Imelda May

Friday 22nd December 2017


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LIFE. LOVE. FLESH. BLOOD released on DECCA today
Featuring the powerful single 'Should've Been You, the personal and heart-wrenching blues ballad ‘BLACK TEARS’ with guitar legend Jeff Beck, & ‘CALL ME’ the stunning first single

“Stunning, her most powerful vocal to date” 8/10 – Hot Press
“the best album of May’s career to date” 4/5 – The Irish Times
"She has poured her heart and soul into her new album" Evening Standard
"Great albums tend to be growers, but this one grabs you at first acquaintance. The songs are built for live performance" 4/5 Daily Mail on Sunday
“Should’ve Been You”carries some of May’s best singing, slipping confidently between calm and concerned, of some of her best lyrics (“you don’t disguise it when I’m just white noise”)” 4/5 Independent

It is clear that one of Ireland’s biggest exports has found a new groove, here presenting the most personal and intimately autobiographical album she has ever written. The album is produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, who said of Imelda: “When I first happened onto her music, she was a punky Irish Rockabilly singer with a great band. When I ran across her several years later, she had gone through a change of lives and was writing about it with a wild intensity and singing about it in the most open hearted way” – T Bone Burnett

Recorded over seven days in Los Angeles, the album features musical contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck (on ‘Black Tears’), piano legend Jools Holland (on ‘When It’s My Time’) and an accomplished group of backing musicians including the core trio of guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions).
Imelda May’s new sound sits firmly outside of any sharply defined genre box, widely spanning blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz. 'Life, Love, Flesh, Blood' breathes new life into a classic sound, with Imelda’s powerhouse vocal as distinctive as ever, cementing her position as one of the strongest vocalists of her generation. The singer herself describes the record as her most "honest" yet. Imelda’s life changed considerably in the run up to recording, and this is documented in the only way she knew how. “It's therapy, like keeping a diary that a lot of people read,” Imelda explains.

Imelda impressed viewers of Jools Holland’s esteemed annual Hootenanny on New Year’s Eve with a captivating live performance of ‘Black Tears’, which landed hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube in just days of its upload. She also wowed audiences receiving a standing ovation last weekend opening for The Who at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Imelda has just released the empowering video for new single Should've Been You, which has received huge coverage online particularly in regards to the women’s rights issues it draws attention to:
"I wrote Should've Been You as a personal story of heartbreak, regret and eventual empowerment but when making this video I wanted it to reflect current feelings of solidarity amongst lots of women worldwide in response to certain events unfolding around us such as unequal pay in the workplace, President Trump’s administration’s approach to affordable health and maternity issues and Putin’s recent decriminalization of domestic abuse. I wanted to ask the question 'Who takes care of us?' We are 50% of the world and it's the people in power's responsibility to take care of women as well. " Imelda said

Imelda May, born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated female artists in history. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson. Her previous album ‘Tribal’ debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK.

t. @ImeldaOfficial

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