Irene Hartfield – Play Me
In a dimly lit nightclub smooth sounds can be heard. Music patrons gather around casual tables that are donned in fresh white table linen clothes. A drink is poured, a candle is lit, and the music and the atmosphere collide. Irene Hartfield’s vocal and instrumental presence comes cascading forth and washes itself over her willingly captive audience. A sound brushes itself over each table as the magic and sway come from musician Irene Hartfield soulful voice.
A long and rich history of what Irene Hartfield does best comes in her recent album release back in February 2016 called Play Me. Jammed packed with Irene’s own brand of cover songs, she brings 10 of today’s well-known songs, and makes them hers. This is pure unadulterated gold, a bursting lightning strike of fulfillment.
The voice of controlled ambition, met with passionate ivory tinkling, leaves the listener wanting to push play over and over and over again. An evening meant for lovers to be drunk again and again. Play Me is a fitting title for this work.
Her power maneuvers Neil Diamond’s song, “Play Me,” as if a gift from above had been blessed. Her diversity switches the moods of each cover she produces, unquestionably Irene Hartfield owns every track. Lighting up the night with Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock,” Irene Hartfield sets a standard of a jazz play and pleads in her knowing that indeed he does love her like a rock.
Neatly meeting Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want” once again Irene takes hold and shows the power in her vocals. Her yearning can be felt and burning in this love song as it leads her strength once again to showcase her versatility as a musicians and singer. Magically Irene Hartfield weaves and spins the legend Cole Porter’s number, “Night and Day.” An inspirational number of an easy tempo is spent in Irene Hartfield’s own song in this line-up of covers, “Sailing Away.”
It is undeniable that Irene Hartfield’s album Play Me is the quintessential cover album of some of the best classics ever. Her all encompassing advantage is found within her voice, as it is larger than life and she has impeccable control over it. Truly, undeniably, irrefutable she is the master.
Irene Hartfield is today’s powerful voice of classic blues, jazz and rock. Gently treating each spin with the honor due in her own sassy classy way that was sent to send chills down your spine. Her album, Play Me, is certainly your notable album to spin around your turntable, your mind, and your dance groove. Especially with someone close to your heart.
by Jeff Rivers