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Sarah Moule - Lazy Kind of Love - Jazzwise

09 July 2008

She may have switched record labels - her previous two releases both appeared on Linn Records - but vocalist Sarah Moule's artistic focus remains firmly tuned into the oeuvre of Landesman and Wallace. Of the 14 tracks that make up the album, the vast majority come from the powerfully distinctive songwriting duo. And why not, when the results are as rewarding as the date-gone-wrong-angst of 'It's Not Your Night'.

("There's a singer who's murdering your favourite song, as you sit there and wonder why it all went wrong. You're an island of Chekhov in a Disney throng. It's not your night") and the truck-load of anguish served up by 'The Last Smoker' ('Goodbye to liberty in the land of the banned'). Of the non-Landesman/Wallace material, Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's 'I Fall In Love Too Easily' supplies immediate gratification of a musical sweet tooth - Moule sounding spookily like k.d.lang on certain phrases - while 'I Will Write My Book' by US songwriter, producer and performer Joe Henry, receives a spacious, minimalist arrangement a la Larry Klein. Once again, brilliantly arranged and produced by Wallace, who features on piano, Hammond organ and accordion, leading a band of exceptional depth and experience.

This is an album of beguiling variety and telling detail.

Peter Quinn

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