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This Is Cabaret
'Clearly, there is nothing this woman cannot sing. Perfectly'
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nuvo.net
Live Review: 'She is simply, yet radiantly, a singer'
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Nightlife Exchange
'There are many highlights and surprises in this profoundly original approach to Dylan.'
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Cover Me Songs
'A dusky gem.'
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GQ
'...the best album I've heard.'
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Broadway World
'Jungr doesn't just interpret Dylan songs, she re-imagines them'
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I heart the road
'Her voice is pure and holds that languid quality that have jettisoned stars like Colbie Caillat to Lana Del Rey to the top in recent years.'
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New York Theater Examiner
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The Examiner
'This gal is a most unique experience you'd want to have.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'[Barb] teases out every nuance in a Dylan lyric as she reshapes it to her own ends.'
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"...Barb is at her most affecting..."
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Theater Scene
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John Shelton Ivany Top 21
'One of the greatest albums of the year.'
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NY Theatre Wire
'...Jungr's inspired interpretations of Dylan's songs make her performance electrifying.'
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The Martin Report
"...she has emerged as one part educator, one part icon"
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Times Square Chronicles
'A righteous revelation'
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Times Square Chronicles
"...Jungr doesn't just interpret 13 Dylan classics, she re-imagines them"
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Woman Around Town
'Barb's enthralling'
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Cabaret Scenes
"Jungr knocks it out of the park..."
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Cabaret Confessional
She is dazzling...a phenomenal master song interpreter and stylist.
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NY Culture
"...the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far"
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Wall Street Journal
"She sings with a passion and tenderness that not even Mr. Dylan himself could have imagined"
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
'It is exciting to savor what Jungr does with Dylan"
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New York Post
"Bob Dylan's songs are a-changin' when Barb Jungr tries them on."
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New York Times
"Barb Jungr delivered a fiery personal tutorial on Mr. Dylan"
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Cabaret Scenes
'At full throttle, she's enthralling.'
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The Village Voice
Bob Dylan Gets The British Female Treatment! Fab!
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The Art of the Torch Singer
'...Jungr pursues the truth in the lyrics with a spirit of adventure and a musicality that is always intriguing...'
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remotegoat.co.uk
5 Stars
'...Barb Jungr who eclipses them all.'
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Liverpool Daily Post
'She is a brilliant interpreter of contemporary songs.'
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Liverpool Echo
'A CD landed on my desk that I just couldn’t stop playing...'
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threeweeks.co.uk
'Barb Jungr was joined on stage by Simon Wallace on the keys in an absolutely captivating cover of Bob Dylan.'
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Dark Chat
4½ Stars
'No-one should be surprised by her ability to inhabit a song and turn a perennial favourite upside down and inside out with a great arrangement...'
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The Independent
4 Stars
"Except for Dylan himself on a good night, this is the best way to hear his songs."
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TimeOut London
'...one of the strongest voices in international cabaret performance.'
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The American
"What Jungr brings to the songs is a forensic skill at unpacking the poetry married to great musicianship."
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Jazzwise
"If you've yet to enter Barb Jungr's musical universe, then this paean to Dylan is just about the perfect place to start."
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Record Collector
5 Stars
"...her own voice and delivery is unique..."
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The British Theatre Guide
'...imagine a smoky, powerful, jazzy, gospel mix...'
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O's Place Jazz Magazine
'When she hits it right, Jungr strikes gold.'
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Herald Scotland
'Jungr sings Dylan's words quite beautifully, which the man himself, well, can't.'
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Choice Magazine
'...proving not just what gifted interpreted Barb Jungr is, but the timeless, infinitely malleable, nature of the songs themselves.'
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The Sunday Times
4 Stars
'...the musicianship is never less than first-rate.'
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The Independent
"her deconstructed jazz takes...allow new slants to seep into the songs"
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Cabaret Confessional
'...superb interpretations that deliver every song's story in the most unexpect ways.'
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BBC Online
"As a Dylan interpreter, Jungr is right up there with Simone or The Byrds."
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6moons.com
Blue Moon Award: '...[Barb] found new and unexplored depth.'
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Slipped Disc (Norman Lebrecht's Blog)
'Far better to sample Barb Jungr’s sophisticated re-interpretations of Dylan classics, with supple vocal and sensitive instrumentation.'
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In Tune
...warmhearted celebration
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London Jazz
...a delicious mixture of tones and colours
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Girl Singers
"...this recording takes Dylan's work to some surprising new places, and is very highly recommended."
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Record Collector
'So persuasively did Jungr inhabit the songs that...one entertained the thought that she might have understood them better than their author.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
"Communicating real, heart-felt emotion is what this cabaret singer is all about."
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Barb Jungr - Live Review - The Stage


21 February 2011
The Stage
Mark Shenton

Cabaret nights like the latter are one of my treats to myself; in the midst of all the shows I'm there to review, it's lovely to let (what's left of) my hair down and relax, even if part of me is still inevitably critically engaged. And last night I paid my first-ever visit to Chelsea's amazing 606 Club, a subterranean secret tucked away underneath a barely visible entry sign on Lots Road, to see Barb Jungr, Britain's most ferociously brilliant and individual singer of classic songs.

Over the years I've seen Barb in rooms grand and small, from Pizza on the Park (where I first encountered her, and found myself wondering aloud in one review if she was the best cabaret artist we had in this country; a verdict I still stand by, as much as she inevitably resists the term "cabaret" and all the naff associations it brings) to New York's swanky Cafe Carlyle, with Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Dean Street, the Purcell Room and even the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia.

And she never ceases to amaze: even when, as last night, in recovery from a bad cold that had left her barely able to speak the day before, she makes such big, bold and theatrical statements with her songs - interspersed with some of the best banter in the biz - that she takes them, and you, to a different plane.

As a purveyor of what she calls the "new American songbook", as opposed to the Great American Songbook, she's particularly keen on Dylan, but last night also included everything from Gerry Marsden and Ray Davies to Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins and Hank Williams. There's hardly a showtune in sight, either, except for a stonking version of Kern's "Ol' Man River", and a hauntingly beautiful version of John Latouche's "Lazy Afternoon", from the score to The Golden Apple. In the process, cabaret (or whatever Barb prefers to call it) gets a fresh, utterly contemporary blast of energy that blows the cobwebs out of this sometimes fusty form entirely.


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