16 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Who'd have guessed that the 21st century's most successful popularizer of old-school New Orleans blues would be a British-born TV star? House's Hugh Laurie first showed off his singing and piano skills back in the early '90s while costarring in Jeeves and Wooster, but in 2011 he finally made his full-fledged musical debut with the Joe Henry–produced Crescent City blues homage Let Them Talk. Two years later Laurie dropped the other shoe with a second batch of Big Easy blues; Henry's at the helm again, but some different guest singers pop up to complement Laurie's appealingly weathered growl. Taj Mahal takes the lead for the classic N.O. tune "Vicksburg Blues," with Laurie kicking up a swampy storm behind him on the ivories. Guatemala's Gaby Moreno adds some international spice with her sultry tones on the Spanish/English duet "Kiss of Fire." And while keeping the traditional New Orleans blues flame burning, Laurie isn't afraid to venture into saloon standards ("One for My Baby") or the Dr. John songbook ("Wild Honey") to keep everyone's ears on alert.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Who'd have guessed that the 21st century's most successful popularizer of old-school New Orleans blues would be a British-born TV star? House's Hugh Laurie first showed off his singing and piano skills back in the early '90s while costarring in Jeeves and Wooster, but in 2011 he finally made his full-fledged musical debut with the Joe Henry–produced Crescent City blues homage Let Them Talk. Two years later Laurie dropped the other shoe with a second batch of Big Easy blues; Henry's at the helm again, but some different guest singers pop up to complement Laurie's appealingly weathered growl. Taj Mahal takes the lead for the classic N.O. tune "Vicksburg Blues," with Laurie kicking up a swampy storm behind him on the ivories. Guatemala's Gaby Moreno adds some international spice with her sultry tones on the Spanish/English duet "Kiss of Fire." And while keeping the traditional New Orleans blues flame burning, Laurie isn't afraid to venture into saloon standards ("One for My Baby") or the Dr. John songbook ("Wild Honey") to keep everyone's ears on alert.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
284 Ratings

284 Ratings

jenjen6698 ,

Exception to the "Autotuned" Actor

It truly disgusts me to see someone bad mouthing this man. How could you rate this album so poorly if you haven't heard it? It isn't set to release until August 6th. Also, the songs were not written by cheesy songwriters that write for Taylor Swift and what not. The songs Hugh Laurie redoes for this album are classic jazz standards. Please do some research. By the way, I was in the studio for the recording of Hugh Laurie's first album. He has talent. Real talent. If you can't see that, I have no hope for you.

Gr8Gravey ,

Laurie Unchains Charles

I was searching for "Unchain My Heart" by Ray Charles when iTunes popped up this version. I really loved this interpretation of it! Of course, the phrasing is unique to each musician's feel for the music, but I think I actually prefer Laurie's version. The throbbing beat in the background is perfect for pulling me into my gym workout and the vocals are soulful enough to engage my senses (thus making me forget the miles I'm treading). I liked it, so I bought it.

Liked it enough that I followed the link to the " Let Them Talk" album. Wound up adding the title track to my "cool down" playlist.

Although my blues prefs lean more towards "soul" than "New Orleans," I found the sampling of tunes to be very well done.

Nice to see that such classic standards are still being enjoyed and reinterpreted by some truly great-sounding musicians.

kylewrex ,

Awesome

This is amazing. He shows his broad spectrum of creativity, in this amazing album. On top of that, he goes from being an actor of great magnitude and lead and focused his inspiring energy on this album. You put it together well guy. Keep it up.

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