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Page Artiste Kirsty MacColl


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  • Cassette (6 mars 1995)
  • Nombre de disques: 1
  • Format : Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN : B000057JN8
  • Autres éditions : CD  |  Cassette
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HASH(0x9cebfaa8) étoiles sur 5 A most under rated British female singer 31 mai 2003
Par Peter Durward Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
Kirsty was a daughter of the great folk singer Ewan MacColl and his influence inevitably shows in her music, but she was very much of her time. Kirsty was always keen to experiment and the results were not always brilliant, but the best of her music is to be found on this outstanding collection. Apart from experimentation, Kirsty's success was limited by her desire to lead life to the full and raise a family as well. She died in a high-speed boating accident while still in her early forties.
Most of the songs on this collection were written by Kirsty, often but not always on her own, including They don't know (a song which provided Tracey Ullman with her first hit), There's a guy works down the chip shop swears he's Elvis, He's on the beach, Free world, Don't come the cowboy with me Sonny Jim (a song covered by Kelly Willis on her Easy album) and Walking down Madison.
Kirsty was also well capable of recording distinctive covers of other people's songs. Their diverse sources show that Kirsty was not a lady that anybody could typecast. They include A new England (Billy Bragg), Miss Otis Regrets (Cole Porter - one of two duets with Irish rockers The Pogues), You just haven't earned it yet baby (The Smiths), Days (The Kinks) and Perfect Day (Lou Reed - a duet with Evan Dando of the Lemonheads).
Her biggest UK hit was the other duet with the Pogues - a Christmas song titled Fairytale of New York. It can be found on several British Christmas compilations and is not really typical of Kirsty's music. I would describe Kirsty's music as sixties pop rock updated for the eighties with a little folk and country added into the mix.
If Kirsty had pursued her career with single-minded dedication, some say she could have been a world megastar. Maybe, but she wanted a life outside music. As a consequence, her musical legacy is limited, but the quality more than makes up for that.
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HASH(0x9ad0d480) étoiles sur 5 Thank you for the music 28 décembre 2002
Par Gena Chereck - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I started seeking out this CD about three years ago, when I first heard Kirsty's poignant holiday classic "Fairytale of New York" (with Irish punkers the Pogues) on a free-form radio station. I finally came across a $20 import copy a few months back, and I must say Galore: The Best Of... was truly worth the money and the wait. The first thing that struck me about this 1995 MacColl sampler was her awesome taste in cover material: Billy Bragg's "A New England," Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets," the Smiths' "You Just Haven't Earned it Yet Baby," the Kinks' "Days," and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day."
The more I listen to it, though, I am more impressed with her musical and lyrical range. "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" is piano-driven rockabilly (a la Jerry Lee Lewis); "My Affair" is Latin-pop; "Free World" and "Innocence" are pure '80s Brit-pop; "They Don't Know" is '60s girl-group-style pop. The New Wave-y "He's on the Beach" tells of a friend's life-crisis; in the ersatz country ballad "Don't Come the Cowboy with Me Sonny Jim!" Kirsty plays a woman who's been jerked around too many times (best line: "I fell out of favor with Heaven somewhere, and I'm here for the hell of it now"); the jangly, power-poppish "Caroline" has Kirsty playing a girl who steals her best friend's man ("I think I've gone too far this time / I've leapt across that thin blue line / God help this selfish heart of mine"); in "Walking Down Madison" she addresses homelessness and inner-city life over a gentle hip-hop beat; the lush, pretty "Titanic Days" picks apart a love affair gone sour ("His arms, his face, the way my words got twisted out of place"). My favorite track is still "Fairytale of New York," in which a woman picks up her lover at the drunk tank on Christmas Eve for what may be the last time.
Smart, honest, and often witty lyrics delivered with energy and a sweet voice, this is quintessential British pop, female pop, singer-songwriter pop, pop PERIOD. Though MacColl is no longer with us (she was killed in a boating accident in 2000), Galore stands as a perfect introduction to her brilliant and all-too-brief career. Thanks, Kirsty, for the music!
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HASH(0x9ad2da2c) étoiles sur 5 Shame on I.R.S. 10 mai 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I used to think that I.R.S. records was one of the coolest labels around. Not only did they give the world R.E.M. but they rescued Kirsty MacColl when she was dropped by her first label. They even reissued Kirsty's albums "Kite" and "Electric Landlady," and in 1995 released this CD, which is one of the greatest "best of" compilations EVER.
But since then, I.R.S. appears to have become just another label, more concerned with marketing and sales than with great music. Both "Kite" "Electric Landlady" have fallen out of print in the U.S. as has the equally superb "Titanic Days." To make matters more insulting, I.R.S. has let this title fall out of print as well.
This is a crime, as every song on here is magnificent, catchy, and sung with a gorgeous voice. Look for this one high and low, and never relinquish it if you find a copy, and maybe one day it will be back in print where it belongs.
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HASH(0x9a9114f8) étoiles sur 5 That voice! That biting wit! What's not to love? 19 juin 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
By all means, get your hands on a copy of this CD! Few singer/songwriters can match this undiscovered gem for either vocals or lyrics. If hilarious sarcasm is your bag, you've found your savior! "Don't Come the Cowboy..." hits the macho-acting-sensitive-guy act on the head. "He's on the Beach" is wistful with soaring vocal harmonies. "My Affair" features brilliant wordplay over a Latin beat. If you haven't yet heard "Fairytale of NY" (with the Pogues), then you haven't yet found your new favorite Christmas tune. "Free World" and "Innocence" are like a one-two punch of spot-on cynicism.
MacColl's lyrics have a brilliance so rarely found in pop music--dare I compare her to Elvis Costello? The bitterness, the hilarity, the clear-eyed view of the world around her is unmatched. And on every track here you'll hear the vocal gifts that have attracted such artists as the Smiths and Billy Bragg (among others) to them. Kirsty has a whole second career as a backing vocalist. You may also recognize "They don't know" as Tracey Ullman's one-hit, but it was written by the lovely Kirsty. And just see what she does to Bragg's "A New England" and the Smiths "You Just Haven't Earned it" and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day". A superb pop stylist. Buy this CD if you can find it. Buy anything by this brilliant artist!
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HASH(0x9a91139c) étoiles sur 5 An amazing pop gem 11 mai 2003
Par Harry Haller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I was roaming through the aisles at the grocery store when I heard a song over the store's sound-system that stopped me in my tracks. It was a tune that I dimly remembered from the 80's... "They Don't Know," which got some play on MTV (back when they played music videos) when it was recorded by Tracy Ullman. But it was definitely not Ullman singing it. It sounded like a lost classic girl-group recording from the 60s, and for some reason I needed to own it. I can't say why; I don't really care much for that type of music. But this perfectly crafted pop gem, and that voice, exerted an irrestible pull.
After a couple of phone calls to friends who specialize in music from the 50s and 60s, I discovered that what I had heard was not some lost recording by the Shirelles, but a song by Kirsty MacColl, a legendary if generally underappreciated English singer/songwriter who sang with lots of 80s alternative rock bands and recorded 2 albums of her own.
"Galore," a "greatest hits" album, is a very pleasant mix of MacColl's original compositions, with a judicious selection of covers and collaborations (including the most astounding version of the Kinks' song "Days" that I have ever heard). It covers a lot of ground, stylistically; everything from latin-inspired pop (sounding sometimes very much like David Byrne's "Rei Momo"), to honky-tonk, to even include a couple of tracks with the Irish punk band The Pogues and one with Evan Dando. The quality of the songwriting and performances is amazing; in the words of Billy Bragg, quoted in the liner notes, "She writes like a playwright and sings like an angel."
Be warned, however... This album does have a somewhat dated "80s" pop sound that might not agree with everyone. I find it somewhat irritating to listen to in places. For anyone who likes 80s pop music, though, this is absolutely an essential disk, and in any case it is well worth it for the remarkable talent on display here.
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