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Jude Cowan – Doodlebug Alley

May 12, 2010 by  

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Jude Cowan – Doodlebug Alley

NAME: Jude Cowan
ALBUM: Doodlebug Alley
YEAR: 2010 (June 7th)
LABEL:
RATING: 5/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Quintessentially English, poetic folksy brilliance

LOCATION: London, UK

LINE UP: Jude Cowan (vocals/ukulele) / Nicky Bendix (composor/piano) / Steve Cox (Hammond organ) / Tom Fawcett/Artrocker (guest vocals)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Extremely enjoyable and incredibly entertaining, ‘Doodlebug Alley’ is packed with cleverly crafted songs that bristle with poetic vividness. From the mundane to the bizarre, the album’s themes practically tie the listener to the speakers, for you’ll not want to miss a moment. It’s soaked in folksy roots, but lyrically sprouts with very extroverted performances on every track, which sometimes make you smile just as much as the lyrics. ‘Doodlebug Alley’ is intriguing and utterly charming, like the nutcase in the pub who’s actually a pretty nice woman. Standout tracks are the jazzy ‘Naughty Daddy’ and the gypsy barn-dance of ‘The Lure Of Paris’. Jude Cowan is a very special talent.

SOUNDS LIKE: a poet on dazzling form, with songs that beguile the listener. Cowan’s expressive voice plays with humour and drama in equal measure, especially on ‘She Sits At The Window’, which also has the best punchline I’ve heard all year.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: superbly crafted songs from the quirky mind of an expert performer.

LINKS: MySpace

– Owen Williams






 

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