Lifejacket is a 2008 studio album by Ian Shaw.
IAN SHAW - Lifejacket. Filed under Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk By IAN SHAW. 1. Love at First Tequila 3:56 2. Lifejacket 4:38 3. She's Loaded 4:08 4. A good and simple man 3:58 5. Glue 4:19 6. Forty-Two 5:03 7. Northop Road 3:15 8. Pamela 4:21 9. I want to live in Paris 3:41 10. Hiraeth 3:02 11. My Safest Place 3:43 12.
Lifejacket is singer Ian Shaw's first collection of self-penned songs. Its streaked with nostalgia and dreams of youth that give way to the disappointing reality of adulthood. There are old cameras, seedy bars, dealers and girls with knives and silver heels here - not to mention plenty of references to Shaw's native Wales. One of the most poignant tracks on the album is Forty-Two, an anthemic country waltz, reminiscent of a Tom Waits song. It's a duet between Ian'’s soulfulness and the enormous warm voice of Liane Carroll. Rozz Williams' gorgeous death-song Flowers is the only cover here, and it creeps in as the full stop at the end of the collection. Ian wrings the passion out of Williams' stark lyrics, backed simply by cello and piano. Ian Shaw's last album was a tribute to Joni Mitchell's songwriting, but with Lifejacket he's moved from Canada to Camden and he's laying.
My Safest Place" – 3:43. Letter from a Dead Soldier" (Shaw) – 4:25. Flowers" (Rozz Williams) – 3:40. All songs written by David Preston and Ian Shaw, except where noted. Ian Shaw - vocals, piano. Liane Carroll - vocals. Thad Kelly - double bass. Mark Fletcher - drums. Thebe Lipere - percussion.
Ian Shaw: Lifejacket. April 12 2008, 1:01am, The Times. The singer’s last album was a tribute to Joni Mitchell and the spirit of Joni in her jazzy phase seems to linger here in these sophisticated story-songs penned by Shaw - the vivid imagery, the imaginative small-group arrangements, the purring electric bass. There is a charming tribute to his father, A Good and Simple Man; Forty-Two is an engaging duet with Lianne Carroll; Glue is all hip wordplay and bass clarinet.
Ian Shaw, Lifejacket. The songs are autobiographical, full of details, and Shaw's mischievousness and sense of irony have been somewhat overawed by the responsibility of personal confession. One line, in Pamela - "What's the point of shiny boots if you tread on crippled toes?" - gets closer to David Brent territory than you might imagine Shaw ever could. The playing is immaculate, particularly from a sympathetic Guy Barker on trumpet
CreditsIan Shaw - Primary Artist
|1||Love at First Tequila||Ian Shaw||3:56|
|3||She's Loaded||Ian Shaw||4:08|
|4||A Good and Simple Man||Ian Shaw||3:58|
|6||Forty Two||Ian Shaw||5:03|
|7||Northop Road||Ian Shaw||3:15|
|9||I Want to Live in Paris||Ian Shaw||3:41|
|11||My Safest Place||Ian Shaw||3:43|
|12||Letter From a Dead Soldier||Ian Shaw||4:25|