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Tear Me Apart (CD)

By: Cathy Jean


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DISC 1 for Tear Me Apart (CD) Album By Cathy Jean
1   Trouble No More
2   Hello Little Boy
3   Ain't That Lovin' You
4   That's All Right
5   Baby, Get Lost
6   Rock This House
7   One Good Man
8   Mama, Talk To Your Daughter
9   I'm A Man
10   Who Do You Love
11   Sweet Blood Call
12   Rollin' And Tumblin'
13   You The Kind Of Women

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Give me a live recording, with studio talk, over a slick, produced specimen any day. "Tear Me Apart" by Cathy Jean has just that right amount of ambient acoustics and chatter that implore me to listen, listen, listen. Add to that the sheer audacity to cover Muddy, James Cotton, and Bo Diddley on her first try, and the attraction factor multiplies tenfold. This CD was on my "must hear" list immediately. I have to honestly say that on first hearing, by the time I reached the second tune, "Hello Little Boy", I was hooked. Pull the car over and collect yourself. This voice jumps right out at you. Take your pick... You can either jump around or just listen. This young woman has the voice that launched a thousand ships. She also did her homework. This second cut that took me by the throat is a fast jump blues with that "shake rattle and roll" feel. It''s a raucous twelve bar free for all that launches Cathy''s vocal pyrotechnics on a three stage rocket, all the way through the entire CD. Her falsetto lilt and raspy bluesy phrasing pose a commanding presence. Her expressive teasing vibrato adds color to an already complicated but pleasant texture. "Ain''t That Lovin'' You" has her swearing her undying love in a sometimes smooth as silk delivery that tears the heart out of every twisting, bending note of the chorus. She''s got guts galore as she tackles an a cappella "That''s All Right". This is a chancy, but successful, minimalist voyage that develops into an impromptu scatting exercise that wrings gobs of emotion out of every tortured phrase. J.B. Lenoir could not have imagined so fine an interpretation of "Mama Talk To Your Daughter". She changes the words to make the content more believable, and the song becomes her own. She does the same to Bo Diddley''s "I''m A Man". The arrangement remains faithful to the original, but her good natured, sassy interpretation, never stops looking for new ways of expressing itself. Surely this performance was created on the spot. If not, good luck to any of you aspiring vocalists out there who attempt to copy the style and give up after a few attempts. "Rock This House" is a jumping, boogie-woogie, rock and rolling bar blaster that would galvanize the most passive listeners. The almost laid back, jazzy guitar solo adds tension to an already racing vehicle about to lose control. Another Bo Diddley standard, "Who Do You Love", gets the same emotional, let-me-at''em approach, that consistently defines this lady''s approach. To be fair, a little more attention should have been paid to the production, but the raw energy compensates in a very acceptable way. "Sweet Blood Call" is a dramatic staging of a scary but humorous scenario of a woman holding a cocked pistol in the mouth of her unfaithful lover. She''s threatening to shoot his brains out as she taunts him with deliciously submissive Freudian overtones that exemplify the inner strength of this character who embodies all that is evil, and right, at the same time. Swooping, soaring falsetto turnarounds become part of her signature as she re-invents the blues. Another turn at mock violence surfaces in "You The Kind Of Women"-- "You''re the kind of man that makes me want to beat you to death". She''s only kidding, but are we sure? Menacing couldn''t be sweeter. --Ira Bolterman, Tri-State Blues Society



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