For sure, I adore girlbands, disco divas and Eurovision melodramas. Occasionally however, I do dip my fingers in my c.d collection (I know, retro!) and dig out my tuxedo-loving men who recall a time when only a few traveled by plane, Queen Elizabeth hadn't yet heard of Camilla and big bold melodies ruled supreme in the charts via mighty and smooth baritone voices. No samples, rappers or Fern Cotton, this was a golden era of music. This post is to raise a toast to the new acts who've brought back yesterday, spun it around and provided some albums in the past few years.
Hailing from Germany, Tom sounds ridiculously like Frank Sinatra. It is unbelievable. Rarely doing covers, Tom Gabel's albums constantly renew the field of swing, jazz and the big band genre. Moreover, they are packed with brilliantly arranged epics like Where Do You Start, You Took Your Love Away and Catch Me If You Can. Where Tom Gabel (sometimes written as Gaebel) leads, Michael Bublé will follow. Take Bublé's Haven't Met You Yet. Wonderfully cute, bespoke, retro and thoroughly contemporary, it's truly a lovely ditty if ever there was one. Then listen to Tom's Its A Good Life. The similarity is "intriguing". I don't want to slight Bublé in any way. He's fab. But Tom Gabel's already been there and done it. So, highly recommended for the glorious arrangements alone. Download tips: Catch Me If You Can, You Took Your Love Away.
I can't listen to his tribute to his mother who suffered from Alzheimers and died in 2008 without getting emotional and it's not schmaltzy or anything. Missing Person is simply just an absolutely beautiful song that conveys the story perfectly. Anyway, I can't wait for his third album! Download tips: The Truth, Making Movies, Show Me Yours, All or Nothing, Balls
Joe is a (Self)-testimony of sorts. He's recently done a stint in London's West End supporting Polly Rae in her Hurly Burly Show where he set the audience aflame with his Buddy Holly cover of Oh Boy that was an absolute revelation. Download tips: Joe, Better Day