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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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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'exceptional album'
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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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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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BBC Radio London ‘Robert Elms’
Live In Session ‘She was great. It’s a really good album.’
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 - The Guardian


01 October 2015
The Guardian
John Fordham
4 Stars

The perhaps unpromising idea of this casually expressive, unblinkingly honest, and often charmingly autobiographical album by the superb British standards-and-ballads singer Liane Carroll came from fellow-singer Joe Stilgoe - who wrote its confiding title track, and gave Carroll the theme of the seaside locations she has loved all her life and suspects plenty of others have a special place for too. Carroll and some fine partners deliver 10 seaborne songs here, with the vocalist's regular production guru James McMillan enriching the settings at every turn. The sentimentality in Stilgoe's theme song gets a revealing wistfulness in Carroll's interpretation, the bouncy old Morecambe and Wise sign-off Bring Me Sunshine becomes a soulful and barely moving expression of hope, Page and Plant's Nobody's Fault But Mine is a slow blues strut for an imperious Carroll and Julian Siegel's tenor sax, the jazz classic I Cover the Waterfront is a gleaming duet for Luft's guitar and Carroll in Billie Holiday mood, and the unlikely finale on For Those in Peril on the Sea is a steadily respectful incantation. Only Carroll could make an album like this one.
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