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Mojo
4 Stars
'Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...casually expressive, unblinkingly honest, and often charmingly autobiographical album by the superb British standards-and-ballads singer Liane Carroll...'
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Jazzwise
‘Liane Carroll has that rare ability to meld effortless, often transcendent vocal and piano technique, with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power. It should be no surprise then that her latest album, Seaside, combines all this with a savvy sophistication befitting of one of Britain’s finest jazz singers.’
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BBC Radio 2 'Jamie Cullum'
'Another great British musician; a big fan of hers…well worth your time, the whole album…the title track is a beautiful one written by Joe Stilgoe.'
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BBC Radio London ‘Robert Elms’
Live In Session ‘She was great. It’s a really good album.’
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The Jazz Breakfast
'Liane Carroll has to be the most flexible singer in the business, capable of such sensitive delicacy one minute and such gutsy raunchiness the next. This disc continues her purple patch.'
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York Press
'Liane Carroll's finest work to date.'
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The New Listener
,,Bei Seaside stimmt absolut alles, wodurch dieses Album unbestreitbar zu den hörenswertesten Jazzneuheiten zählt.''
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The Observer
4 Stars
'It's a haunting piece ["Seaside"], beautifully arranged, which brings out her extraordinary ability to absorb the essence of a song and deliver it with such candour that you scarcely notice the artistry involved.'
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London Evening Standard
4 Stars
'Carroll sends her big, warm voice swinging through "Almost Like Being In Love" and the Morecambe and Wise theme, "Bring Me Sunshine". There's soul here, too, on a version of "Mercy Now" by Mary Gauthier; a sensitive take on Alison Krauss's already fragile "Get Me Through December" is set to prompt oceans of tears.'
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The Scotland Herald
'... immaculately produced by James McMillan, this is not only Carroll's best disc, but one of the finest non-classical releases in the Linn catalogue.'
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AP Reviews
'...an inviting musical promenade which encounters sunny exuberance, swaggering grooves and tender, reassuring love, sometimes tinged with melancholy.'
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BBC Scotland ‘Jazz House’
‘She is just the biggest, best bundle of musical fun you could possibly imagine. She is also one of the most fantastic jazz singers and pianists in the world. Her name, is Liane Carroll…from it is a blistering version showcasing no only Liane’s fabulous piano playing, but her amazing scat singing on “Almost Like Being In Love”...It's quite phenomenal...She's a real star.'
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The Sunday Times
'The title number, written by the irrepressible Joe Stilgoe, has to be one of the finest new songs of the year, the bittersweet lyrics burnished by Evan Jolly's brass-band arrangement.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz Line-Up’
'She has the remarkable ability to sing every song totally from the heart as if she has just written it herself...this is the title track written especially for her by the uber-talented Joe Stilgoe.'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'The warm-voiced and open-hearted singer and pianist Liane Carroll pays tribute to her home port of Hastings, nailing her colours affectionately and often passionately to the mast.'
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Bebop Spoken Here
'another outstanding project'
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Jazz Views
'This is a wonderful album by one of our greatest jazz talents so full of quality and diversity. I doubt if there will be a better vocal based recording issued anywhere this year.'
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Liane Carroll - Seaside - Jazzwise


01 October 2015
Jazzwise
Peter Quinn
4 Stars

Hooking up for a third time with producer and musician James McMillan, Liane Carroll brings the entire spectrum of her artistry to bear on this 10-track love letter to her hometown of Hastings. For anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her perform the Joe Stilgoe-penned title track earlier this year at the Old Vic, Evan Jolly's widescreen, brass-rich arrangement on the album takes the song to completely new levels of gorgeousness. Following a towering scat on ‘Almost Like Being In Love', Carroll's slow, heartbreakingly lovely version of ‘Bring Me Sunshine' cannot fail to bring a lump to the throat. ‘I Cover The Waterfront' and ‘My Ship', with its surprising gear change ushering in yet another breathtaking scat solo, offer balm for the soul following the melancholic slow burn of ‘Get Me Through December', ‘Mercy Now' and ‘Wild Is The Wind', before the hymnal calm of ‘For Those In Peril On The Sea' brings this exceptional album to a close. In Liane Carroll, the art of the song has one of its greatest exponents.


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