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Barb Jungr - Just Like a Woman (hymn to Nina) - The Sunday Times


09 March 2008
The Sunday Times
Clive Davis
4 Stars

After deconstructing Elvis, Dylan and Jacques Brel, the British singer pays homage to Nina Simone. Jungr being Jungr, nothing follows a conventional path in this oblique collection, which veers between gospel, folk, R&B and discreet jazz. She doesn't go for obvious covers or try to compete with Simone's idiosyncratic delivery - her voice is lighter and almost girlish. The real pleasure lies in the typically thoughtful juxtapositions of material. The bleak sentiments of The Pusher sit side by side with the pastoral cadences of One Morning in May, while Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood is unashamedly dark. Fans will be pleased that the Dylan quota remains high.


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