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I've Got My Own Hell to Raise


Bettye LaVette


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   I Do Not Want What I Haven�t Got    
  2   Joy    
  3   Down To Zero    
  4   The High Road    
  5   On The Surface    
  6   Just Say So    
  7   Little Sparrow    
  8   How Am I Different    
  9   Only Time Will Tell Me    
  10   Sleep To Dream    


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From people who brought us last years fantastic Solomon Burke comeback album "Don't Give Up On Me".
Bettye LaVette is a 60 year old Soul (with a capital "S") singer who has cut minor records for both Atlantic and Motown, but never had the fame or recognition she so richly deserves. If there is any justice in this world "I've Got My Own To Raise" will change that.
Producer Joe Henry has presented LaVette with ten songs all written by a diverse range of women songwriters including Sinead O' Conner, Dolly Parton, Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams and Joan Armatrading. None of the selected tracks were Soul songs, but very much as the late-great Johnny Cash did on his American albums, LaVette makes the songs her own, inserting little autobiographical passages into the lyrics. And like Cash, after one listen she absolutely OWNS the songs.
The soulfulness of her voice is indescribable, expressing so many emotions at once, combining the style and range of Aretha Franklin with the rawness and shear guts of (Ike era) Tina Turner.
No more is this better illustrated than on Sinead O'Connors "I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got", which LaVette sings totally unaccompanied - what better way to start this album and introduce this artist to a new audience? Absolutely breathtaking!
The albums centre-piece though, has got to be "Just Say So" (originally by Bobbie Cryner). Accompanied only by acoustic guitar and a smattering of percussion, Bettye sings with such gut-wrenching sadness that I swear it'll bring you almost to tears! If that isn't Soul music, i have no idea what is! Hats off to Joe Henry and Co. for bringing this Woman of such extraordinary talent out of relative obscurity and into the public eye once more. Heartily Recommended!

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Artist: Bettye LaVette
Album: I've Got My Own Hell to Raise
Cat #: E867722
Date: 19/09/2005
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Shock
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Genres: Pop , Rock
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