International Reviews

Following its release in the UK, Hard Rain  garnered praise, in Spain, Germany, Italy, USA and elsewhere . Google translate may be required…

And we are pleased to announce that Hard Rain has been entered into the Grammy Awards – Grammy members please sign in and go to Barb Jungr’s page.

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huff po

‘There are singers and then there are interpreters. Jungr is perhaps today’s absolute best example of the latter…She doesn’t use the songs to harangue. Quite the opposite, she sings them almost sweetly, but it’s a sweetness to which the immensely angry resort when they want to make their point without ever raising their voice.’
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jazz weekly

‘She can be hard hitting, as on the dramatic “Hard Rain,” and other times evoke images of Monument Valley with Indian flutes on “Blowin’ In the Wind” and “Masters of War.” She delivers like she means it, with a nuance that can only come from living a full life. Impressive!’

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‘It feels like if we are re-reading a superb book but discovering new details and the missing pieces of a puzzle in the story with the goal of enriching the experience…It is not easy to perform songs by Cohen or Dylan without being judged or negatively compared but Jungr´s ability to elevate storyteller classics into a new estate of contemplation is truly remarkable. ‘

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‘More than validates Jungr’s reputation as one of Britain’s finest interpretative singers…There are two remarkable achievements here: ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, which Dylan wrote in 1962 sounds fresh; the album also offers a truly great reinterpretation of Chimes of Freedom.’

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ampya

‘Among Great Britain’s best-kept secrets, …more importantly one of the genre’s most bracing and distinctive practitioners; a “chansonnier” who extended the French and German art song tradition into a new millennium.’

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‘An hour or so of very tasteful, immaculately played and sung smooth jazz versions of songs which were once penned from the edge of rage and depression. I’ve listened to it loads of times .’
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zzaj

‘Her interpretation of Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, is among the best performances of that classic I’ve ever heard.  Her totally cool rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” will hold you spellbound…listen to this album, you’ll find it to be among the most influential of the decade.’

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”Masters of War’, slowed to a near standstill, was beautifully sung but with real agony – the ruthless lyric thankfully intact…if you can’t get to a gig, buy the CD anyway. It’s like discovering a treasure map in a familiar location, leading you to whatever gold you’ve yet to find there.’

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midwest

‘The jazzy backing gives these songs a buoyancy they’ve never shown in previous incarnations, and while she does bring a world weary edge to her vocals, Jungr seems to find hope in the shards of despair.  She does an amazing job of making these songs her own. ‘
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soundstage exp

‘Cohen’s songs trigger something very deep in Jungr’s soul, and receive once-in-a-lifetime performances of great intensity and passion. …The two songwriters are honored as inspired masters who have written lyrics and melodies that are simply outstanding, and up to being performed by singers other than themselves, certainly one as astute and talented as Jungr.’

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‘She has succeeded to perfection with a compact album, full of emotion, The songs flowing perfectly side by side, at their best expressing those on the margins of the American dream. ‘

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