Let Them Talk – Hugh Laurie | CD review

(Warner Music) 4 stars

Hugh Laurie is a modern renaissance man: an actor, academic, athlete (he rowed for Cambridge University) and, as this debut recording reveals, is also an accomplished musician.

If you’ve followed the lanky Laurie’s career, his musical penchant will come as no surprise.

 

His piano and vocals often featured on the TV comedy series he shared with old friend Stephen Fry, while aficionados of the top-rating House will tell you Hugh’s cranky US medico frequently ends up tickling the ivories.
In real life Laurie is a multi-instrumentalist and fervent blues fan, and for this New Orleans-inspired recording his vocals have been astutely augmented with a star backing ensemble.
First, he snared gun producer Joe Henry, who brought in top vocalists and instrumentalists (including guitarist Marc Ribot, percussionist Jay Bellerose and horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint).

- Mike Daly

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