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Claire Martin - He Never Mentioned Love - Mojo


15 June 2007
Mojo
Chris Ingham

The UK singer's love for Shirley Horn has inspired perhaps Martin's best album. Her tribute to the sultry, slow-motion genius of the late pianist-singer features an intimate, upfront voice and daring vulnerability that rewards patient attention. Highlights: tightrope torpor on the title track; a moody version of the Helen Reddy-via Shirley piece LA Breakdown.
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