Barb Jungr - Waterloo Sunset - Mojo

Jungr inhabits somewhere between Brel Broadway, Jazz Junction and Rock Revival land, where the lyric rules supreme and interpretation is all that really matters. So something simplistic, such as Cathy's Clown, is given a setting that edges away the usual. Dylan's High Water (For Charley Patton) emerges in emotional blues guise, Like A Rolling Stone is a confidential whisper in the ear, while drama is provided by Richard Thompson's The Great Valerio rendered in true chansonnier mode. Jungr knows a good song when she sings it. But the lady has other strings to her bow. For she's also an outstanding songwriter, as the opening Do You Play Guitar? and the boppish Lipstick Lips Lament prove.

05 April 2004