Imelda May – ‘Mayhem’
‘Mayhem’ is the second single to be taken from Imelda May’s upcoming album of the same name, due September 3rd. The single itself is due out next Friday, so I thought I’d give it a nice advance review just to gear you up for it. Firstly, how amazing is that Death Proof-esque cover?
The song starts off sweetly with an up-tempo guitar riff and sets the tone for this face paced tune. Like the singles from her debut record, this is irresistibly catchy and danceable. The brass doesn’t shine through as much this time around, and instead the Buddy Holly guitar does all the hard work.
May’s vocal is as strong and sturdy as ever, particularly on the chorus. Not many can get away with those “doo doo doo”s and not seem cheesy, but Imelda May does it with such aplomb and bombast that she more than gets away with it. It’s almost if you never heard a “doo doo doo” before in your life. Perhaps she’s going to revive the genre?
I’m getting ahead of myself here with praise. It’s a good song, and a fine second single for the album, after the urgency of ‘Psycho’, but it’s no ‘Johnny Got a Boom Boom’. For me, that’s still her essential song. It probably ranks about fifth overall in the best Imelda May songs, but seeing as how Love Tattoo was filled with great tunes, that’s not a bad place to be at all. The album itself should be great.