Review: Lifejacket

Observer Music Monthly

Stuart Nicholson, 20th April 2008


Following 2000's stunning, unconventional "Ghostsongs", jazz singer Ian Shaw went all mainstream with an acclaimed approach to the standards repertoire. Now he has emerged at the other end with a convincing album of originals that balances both extremes. Just listen to 'Hiraeth' and 'Forty Two' for a reminder of what an important talent he is.