Judith Owen: Ebb & Flow


IN THE words of Donny and Marie Osmond, the eighth album from Welsh singer Judith – better known to some as Mrs Harry Shearer, of Simpsons and Spinal Tap fame – is a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s also a lot good.
The country comes via Train out of Hollywood, in which she out Sheryl Crows Sheryl Crow and the Nashville bar-style rendition of Mungo Jerry’s In The Summertime.
The rock ‘n’ roll is the kind practised by 70s singer-songwriters Carole King and James Taylor, whose Hey Mister, That’s Me Up There on the Jukebox she covers here.
At her best, such as on the heartbreaking I Would Give Anything – a tearjerking tribute to her beloved dad – and You’re Not Here Anymore – a similarly touching song for her mum – she’s outstanding.
There’s even a touch of upbeat bossa nova (closer Some Arrows Go In Deep) to end things on a high, musically at least.

Like this? Try these: Carole King, Tapestry; James Taylor, Sweet Baby James


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