Making Life Rhyme

Album Review of Making Life Rhyme by Lulu.

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Making Life Rhyme

Lulu

Making Life Rhyme by Lulu

Release Date: Apr 13, 2015
Record label: Decca
Genre(s): Pop, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock

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Making Life Rhyme - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Arriving ten years after Lulu's impressive 2004 comeback Back on Track, 2015's Making Life Rhyme is every bit that record's equal and perhaps it's better in some ways. Working from a set of nearly all-original material for the first time ever -- there are two covers among these 11 songs, including Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" done in the style of Rod Stewart's covers -- Lulu sounds free and inspired by the retro-soul revivals of the past decade. In a sense, the success of Adele and Amy Winehouse has freed Lulu to indulge her love of old-fashioned girl group pop and hopping Tamla-Motown, but there's also a fair amount of bluesy grit here, surfacing even on the buoyant bounce of "Every Single Day.

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The Observer (UK) - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Fifty years into a career should be long enough to identify one’s strengths, and Lulu’s first album of new material in a decade – her first back on Decca, with whom she first came to prominence – certainly plays to them. The 11 mainly self-penned songs here showcase her still powerful voice, spread across a surprisingly wide range of genres. Heaven Help is beamed in from the 1950s; Every Single Day sounds like an upbeat Sheryl Crow; the irresistible Hypnotised takes the bassline from the Knack’s My Sharona on to the dancefloor.

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