Music Matter - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

A flurry of singles from her platinum debut album ensured a growing buzz for Ms Caro Emerald and with the tango infused single ‘Tangled Up’ all over the radio the new album released this week will easily crash the charts.

In fact there is a bit of a demand for The Shocking Miss Emerald (Dramatico), helped by the announcement of tour dates for September and a well publicised BBC concert online.

Lost in a romantic age of the past where men are suited and curvy ladies are sophisticated vamps, the music embraces this image with a vintage orchestra heavy on brass but brought up to date with funky drumming.

With a Parisian theme and impeccable specially written songs like ‘I Belong To You’ or ‘The Maestro’ with Andrews’ Sisters harmonies, comic voices and vinyl scratching making it totally unique.

Actually it’s hard to pick individual songs here as they all slot together well from the quirky ‘Liquid Lunch’ to the special opening intro as if burlesque is anticipated and maybe it is.

Surely now a fashion icon now as vintage clothing is in vogue and confirmed with the faded and sepia photos included with the CD.

Billy Ocean looks back too with his new album ‘Here You Are’ (Aqua).

The soulful voice behind ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, now interprets songs that influenced him like Otis Redding’s ‘You Send Me’, Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ and even Sinatra’s ‘It Was A Very Good Year’ given a great crescendo with gospel backing. Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ has particular significance as its racial undertones were shared by the young singer .