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BAND/AUTHOR:

BETH HART

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
WAR IN MY MIND
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
PROVOGUE RECORDS
GENRE:
ROCK / -
"In twelve varied and flawless tracks, Beth Hart has just confirmed that she is the queen of modern blues-rock and that she reigns supreme."
LOLOCELTIC - 11.10.2019 -
Three years after a "Fire On The Floor" (2016) that saw her rise to a new level of recognition, and a "Black Coffee" (2018) alongside Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart is back with her new solo opus, the tenth in the studio, entitled "War In My Mind". This war in the artist's mind is the war she waged against her demons, her illness, her wounds, and if Beth Hart has always been an honest and authentic artist, she wields herself here as rarely. Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Alanis Morissette...) with whom she almost worked on "Leave The Light On" (2003), this new opus is likely to be a milestone in the career of the blues-rock star and quite simply in the history of this musical genre.

After a dynamic introduction with pop-jazz accents reminiscent of Jamie Cullum ('Bad Woman Blues'),'War In My Mind' is only the first ballad of an album that is composed for more than half of his tracks. Beth Hart confides in her bipolarity by offering a melancholic and tortured work alternating between despair and hopeful flights. Because it is the strength of this opus that shows both depth and variety despite its high number of quiet tracks. Indeed, calm does not mean monotonous and sanitized, and the artist proves it by delivering a lively and emotional performance alternating between delicacy and tears. Sometimes jazzy and intimate ('Without Words In The Way'), other times on the borderline of blues, jazz and classical music in the style of George Gershwin by alternating moods ('Woman Down'), it is without blush that she gives herself up.

The most delicate pieces deal with her deceased sister ('Sister Dear') with a deep emotion, or in a more positive way, with all the thanks that the artist wants to offer to his loved ones, to life and to his creator ('Thankful'). Darker and more dramatic,'Rub Me For Luck' shows a great dramatic intensity by alternating desperate verses and heart-rending choruses while 'I Need A Hero' closes the whole in a somewhat disillusioned but always delicate way. In the middle of this falsely calm ocean, "Let It Grow" relies on gospel choirs for a controlled rise in power towards a sky full of hopes. 'Try A Little Harder' deals with Beth's father's gambling addiction with a form of playful humour in a pop-jazz atmosphere with variations worthy of Supertramp. 'Spanish Lullabies' acts as a sunny break between two melancholic tracks and 'Sugar Shack' rushes straight ahead like an energetic and catchy pop-rock train.

In twelve varied and flawless tracks, Beth Hart has just confirmed that she is the queen of modern blues-rock and that she reigns supreme. This opus is of a blinding beauty, providing emotions as deep as intense. What is certain is that it will take the tightest of hearts to resist the feelings triggered by this collection of titles, each more essential than the next.

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TRACK LISTING

01. Bad Woman Blues - 3:35
02. War In My Mind - 4:22
03. Without Words In The Way - 4:37
04. Let It Grow - 4:51
05. Try A Little Harder - 3:52
06. Sister Dear - 3:34
07. Spanish Lullabies - 3:28
08. Rub Me For Luck - 4:32
09. Sugar Shack - 3:58
10. Woman Down - 5:48
11. Thankful - 4:24
12. I Need A Hero - 5:01


LINEUP

Beth Hart : Chant / Claviers / Piano
Chris Chaney: Basse
Jamie Muhoberac: Claviers
Rob Cavallo: Guitares
Tim Pierce: Guitares
Vinnie Colaiuta: Batterie


TAGS:
Easy Listening / FM, Bluesy, Intimist, Jazzy, Melancholic, Female voice
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