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02/04/2015

LULU RELEASES HER BRAND NEW ALBUM “MAKING LIFE RHYME” ON APRIL 13 THROUGH DECCA RECORDS

LULU RELEASES HER BRAND NEW ALBUM “MAKING LIFE RHYME” ON APRIL 13 THROUGH DECCA RECORDS

“A very fine album, perhaps the best she has ever made:  a triumphant modern soul blast full of big, heartfelt songs” – Sunday Telegraph

LULU, newly signed to Decca Records – the company to which she first signed at the age of 15 – will release her new album, “Making Life Rhyme”, on April 13.

The album sees the singer return to her roots:  a deep, rich, emotional, autobiographical medley of musical flavours, harking back to the raw groove of her pure early, soul and blues inspirations and fast forwarding to the most joyful music of today.

The album evolved after an invitation to perform a blues set at BB King’s Club in New York in February 2013. A glowing New York Times review, which hailed “the power and the passion” of her voice was a timely reminder to Lulu of what music meant to her – and so began the path to recording, ‘Making Life Rhyme’.

Initially, Lulu recorded blues covers with a small band of hand-picked musicians, overseen by her musical director and the album’s co-producer, Richard Cardwell.  However, Lulu was inspired to bring a couple of her own songs into the sessions and Decca Records liked the original tracks so much, that they encouraged her to keep writing and provide more original material.

The album was recorded in London and features lyrics which are at once highly confessional, questioning and ultimately redemptive.

 

Lulu said:

“I should have done this years ago. But life is what life is, and now to write an album about how I see my life, it feels like it fits so well. I’ve dealt with demons, disappointments, I’ve dealt with anxiety, I’ve dealt with sadness. Now I like who I am, I feel good about the realisations that I’ve come to and the way I conduct myself. I feel like I’ve grown up in a way. And yet, the opposite is true. It’s like I’m just beginning.”

 

Nine of the eleven tracks are written by Lulu, along with her writing partner and brother – Billie Lawrie. Neither of the two cover tracks are obvious choices yet both are true classics and keep Lulu in very good company.   ‘Angel’ was originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix and has since been re-recorded by several artists including Rod Stewart, while traditional song ‘Wayfarin’ Stranger’ has also been covered by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young and, most recently, Ed Sheeran.

The deluxe edition of the album will include bonus 2015 versions of the classic tracks, ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Shout’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Fight’, the latter being the song Lulu wrote for Tina Turner, which would prove to be as popular worldwide as it was iconic.

 
Tracklisting as follows –

Faith In You

Every Single Day

The Answer Is Love

Cry

Poison Kiss

Hypnotised

Heaven Help

Make Life Rhyme

Angel

Messed Up World

Wayfarin’ Stranger

 

DELUXE EDITION ONLY

Relight My Fire – 2015 Version

Shout – 2015 Version

I Don’t Wanna Fight

Lulu, who has worked with artists as disparate as David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Bobby Womack, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Take That, Jools Holland, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Barry Gibb will tour the UK this year.  The tour opens on May 10 and includes a major London date at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on May 17.

 

TOUR DATES AS FOLLOWS:

Sun     10 May 15       Salford Lowry

Mon    11 May 15       Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Tue     12 May 15       Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

Thu     14 May 15       York Barbican

Fri       15 May 15       Gateshead Sage

Sun     17 May 15       London Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Mon    18 May 15       Cardiff St Davis Hall

Tue     19 May 15       Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thu     21 May 15       Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Fri       22 May 15       Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Sat      23 May 15       Sheffield City Hall

Mon    25 May 15       Ipswich Regent

Tue     26 May 15       Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

www.luluofficial.com

www.decca.co

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