CD REVIEWS: Waterloo Sunset

Jazz Times, USA, June 2004

Now, in that distinctly winning style of hers that suggests Peggy Lee funnelled through Joan Baez, Jungr tackles a much broader theme-masks, real or imagined, that we all tend to wear from time to time-on the engagingly eclectic Waterloo Sunset (Linn. Jungr navigates the soft-flowing tide of Ray Davies' title tune with wistful contentment and manages what may well be the first female cover of Steve Miller's testosterone-fueled "The Joker." None can, however, quite compare to the self-absorbed remorse that Jungr lends to Charles de Forest's dusky lament to perennial bridesmaids, "When Do the Bells Ring for Me?". (Christopher Loudon)

Record Collector **** stars April 2004

Another side of Barb Jungr
For anybody to tackle ‘Waterloo Sunset’, they must be touched or divine. Barb Jungr pulls it off. Ergo, she must be both. (Ken Hunt)

The Rough Guide To Cult Pop' 2003

Rochdale has produced arguably the finest cabaret singer in recent times, Barb Jungr. Good as Lisa (Stansfield) is, Jungr's album 'Chanson The Space In Between' (Linn) shows real soul: it's quirky, intelligent cabaret music of the highest order. (Rough Guide/Haymarket Publishers)

Jazzwise, 2004

The recent progress and peregrinations of jazz-chansonnier par excellence Barb Jungr have been remarkable. Above all, one song bottles Jungr’s otherness when it comes to interpreting a lyric. The unholy chutzpah she displays in covering one of the Twentieth Century’s (and London’s all-time) greatest songs, Davies’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’ semaphores a brain-fevered, kamikaze instinct, yet in the moment when she sings the first line she puts the romantic filth into the Thames in a way that only the illegitimate influence of Ewan MacCollís ‘Sweet Thames, Flow Softly’ and ‘Dirty Old Town’ might match. That takes something. Beeline time. (Ken Hunt)

MOJO, December 2003

Jungr inhabits somewhere between Brel Broadway, Jazz Junction and Rock Revival land, where the lyric rules supreme and interpretation is all that really matters. Jungr knows a good song when she sings it. But the lady has other strings to her bow. For she's also an outstanding songwriter, as the opening Do You Play Guitar? and the boppish Lipstick Lips Lament prove. (Fred Dellar)

Jazz Review, 2004

Having established herself as one of the most original and intelligent interpreters of a lyric on the contemporary scene with her highly individual takes on Brel (Chanson The Space In Between) and Dylan (Every Grain Of Sand), Jungr is unrivalled for her ability to inhabit a song's emotional world, and the combination of her subtly enquiring sensibility and pleasingly tremulous vocal timbre with the music of a neat, versatile, punchy band centred on the flawless Adrian York is, although most effective in her entrancing live shows, utterly beguiling on disc. (Chris Parker)