|Valerie June||The Order Of Time|
Valerie June — The Order Of Time (March 10, 2017) •Ξ• Nádherně éterická atmosféra tohoto alba připomíná Astral Weeks Van Morrisona. Fantastické věci se zde dějí a zůstanou. Už dávno překročila veškerá omezení a upevnila své postavení kuriózní revivalistky.
Birth name: Valerie June Hockett
Born: January 10, 1982, Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Origin: Memphis, Tennessee, United states
Instruments: Guitar, banjo, ukulele
Album release: March 10, 2017
Record Label: Concord Records/Caroline Music
Genre: Folk, Blues, Alt~Country
01. Long Lonely Road 3:57
02. Love You Once Made 3:37
03. Shakedown 2:47
04. If And 3:31
05. Man Done Wrong 3:07
06. The Front Door 4:15
07. Astral Plane 3:39
08. Just In Time 3:51
09. With You 2:43
10. Slip Slide On By 4:04
11. Two Hearts 3:53
12. Got Soul 4:13
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•Ξ• Valerie June’s eagerly awaited second album, The Order of Time, set for release in January 2017, justifies the immense promise she exhibited on her acclaimed debut, Pushin’ Against A Stone. Unfolding like a novella, June sketches detailed, three~dimensional portraits of real people struggling with dreams, defeat, hope and life, in this 12~track song cycle. Musically, the genre~defying singer, songwriter and multi~instrumentalist has redefined herself again, infusing inspirations like Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen and Fela Kuti into her unique blend of folk, blues, gospel and soul. As in life, a harrowing bite of bitterness can surely be felt in many of these songs and on others; June’s ethereal soundscapes prove the perfect setting for her honeyed, childlike voice as she pleas for simplicity and a better world. © Valerie June. Photo credit: Danny Clinch
Dave Simpson, Thursday 26 January 2017 21.45 GMT. Score: ****
Valerie June: The Order of Time review — glorious, ethereal, sublime.
•Ξ• Valerie June’s acclaimed 2013 debut, Pushin’ Against a Stone, was a crucial stage in a meteoric rise from selling home recordings from a car to supporting the Rolling Stones and winning a fan in Michelle Obama. Her second album finds the Tennessean again blending genres — folk, classic pop, soul and Appalachian bluegrass — into a cohesive whole, thanks to her top~notch songwriting and sublime musicianship. With her sultry ache of a voice, she could presumably sing the phone book and make it quake with feeling.
•Ξ• These are further tales of long lonely roads and men who done wrong, and this set adds African rhythms, spacey soundscapes and guest vocals from Norah Jones. The songs run the gamut from Love You Once Made’s organ~blasting bluesy soul and With You’s Nick Drakeish strings to Shakedown, which is like a country Can. It’s an album bursting with standouts, none more so than Astral Plane, which finds June full of childlike wonderment amid a gloriously ethereal atmosphere reminiscent of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. Fantastic stuff. •Ξ• https://www.theguardian.com/
Written By Jonathan Bernstein // March 2, 2017 // Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
BY RICHARD DRIVER, 1 March 2017 // Score: 9
•Ξ• http://www.popmatters.com/review/valerie-june-the-order-of-time/ © Credit: Danny Clinch
Andy Gill, March 8, 2017 // Score: ★★★★★
•Ξ• Download this: Long Lonely Road; Shakedown; If And; The Front Door; Got Soul
•Ξ• Her follow~up to 2013’s sublime Pushin’ Against A Stone finds Valerie June expanding her unique blend of blues, soul and mountain music to create a distinctive hybrid in which past and future coalesce with gentle power. The opening blues spiritual “Long Lonely Road”, for instance, has the manner of a pilgrimage, with her enervated mountain drawl doggedly tracking the stubborn beat, surrounded by flecks and dabs of electric guitar. Elsewhere, her rural twang gives country~soul numbers like “Love You Once Made” and the anthemic closer “Got Soul” a unique charm, comparable to the Caledonian flavour of Van Morrison and Paolo Nutini; but perhaps the most absorbing aspect of The Order Of Time is the way that the repetitive, hypnotic modes of gospel, African and minstrel music are developed to give songs such as “The Front Door”, “If And” and the angular “Shakedown” a shamanic, mantra~like quality perfectly equipped to locate what she describes as “the light you have inside you can touch”. •Ξ• http://www.independent.co.uk/
•Ξ• Blending folk, soul, blues, and Appalachian traditional elements into a refreshingly timeless sound that sits outside any particular musical era, Valerie June stands in a long and storied line of unique performers in Memphis, a city with a still vibrant music scene even during the 21st century. The daughter of a brick cleaner from Humboldt in the flatlands of West Tennessee, June took quickly to the various local roots music styles in the area, teaching herself guitar and developing her own stylistic mix, interpreting traditional material like it was still alive and breathing, and writing her own material with an eye to the influences of passionate and socially minded songwriters like Bob Marley. She officially began performing at the age of 19 as half of the husband~and~wife duo Bella Sun (the couple released an album, No Crystal Stair, in 2004 on their own Bella Sun Music imprint), but when the marriage fell apart, June left the South and began living the life of a gypsy street musician, playing for change in bus and subway stations up and down the West Coast. She eventually returned to Tennessee, finally settling in Memphis, where she slid right into the city’s active music scene. By now she had added banjo and lap steel to her musical base, and she began to draw local attention for her powerful performances, becoming a favorite at area folk festivals and workshops. She recorded two albums, The Way of the Weeping Willow and Mountain of Rose Quartz, at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, but she really came into the national eye when she was featured, along with rappers Al Kapone, Muck Sticky, and other musicians, in the MTV web series $5 Cover (put together by Craig Brewer, the creator of the movie Hustle & Flow), which followed Memphis musicians as they scrambled to pay the rent, fall in and out of love, and yes, play music in one of the most storied musical cities in the world. The series aired early in 2009, giving June and her music a platform for wider exposure. Using the publicity from the $5 Cover series, June went on to record the 2010 EP Valerie June & the Tennessee Express with the Old Crow Medicine Show. In 2011, June raised $15,000 via the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter to help fund the recording of her next album. A move to Brooklyn from Memphis and an introduction to Dan Auerbach (the Black Keys) put into motion the recording of her third studio album, Pushin’ Against a Stone. With her singles on heavy rotation on European radio and a support slot with British singer/songwriter Jake Bugg, June’s popularity continued to soar with Pushin’ Against a Stone, finally released in May 2013 in Europe and in the U.S. in August of that year. She continued to tour over the next few years while writing and recording the material for her next release. Early 2017 saw the release of a new single, “Astral Plane,” followed in March by June’s fourth full~length album, The Order of Time. ~ Steve Leggett
★ 2006 The Way of the Weeping Willow
★ 2008 Mountain of Rose Quartz
★ 2013 Pushin’ Against a Stone
★ 2017 The Order of Time
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