- 25 Apr 14
Better earlier than later! Scheduled for a June release, the follow-up to Imelda May’s career-defining Mayhem has been rushed out earlier than planned.
Now a mother, and with her 40th birthday approaching, Imelda remains as fiesty as ever. If anything, Tribal is more ferocious and incendiary than its predecessor. With a revved-up sound that ignites from the get-go, and several great tunes, it raises the ante several notches.
For sure, those familiar reverb-drenched guitars, echo-laden drums, thumping bass and muted trumpet are all present and correct. But May’s powerful vocals sounds better than ever. Clocking in at just under three minutes, the title track – already a live staple – makes for a thrilling opener. Underpinned by jungle-boogie drumming and a searing riff, it comes across as an updating of Adam Ant (‘Ant Music’), with hints of the Johnny Kidd and The Pirates’ classic ‘Shakin’ All Over’. Even more frenetic, ‘Wild Woman’, with its urgent rhythms and spellbinding surf guitar lines, is strong enough to have served as the title track. And you don’t doubt May for a second when she wails that, “There’s a wild woman living inside of me - a wicked, wicked wild woman, dying to be free.”