Valve Bone Woe

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Chrissie Hynde & The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble
Valve Bone Woe

[ BMG / ADA / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 6 September 2019

The amazing Chrissie Hynde displays yet another volte face in her incredible career with the release of her new album 'Valve Bone Woe', a collection of mostly jazz tunes.

The album features 14 tracks written by a stunning array of classic songwriters and innovators, including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Hoagy Carmichael, Charlie Mingus, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Ray Davies and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

'Valve Bone Woe' was produced by Marius De Vries and Eldad Guetta and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London.

"I'm not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I've always had a soft spot for it. I often bemoan what I regard as a decline in melody in popular music and I wanted to sing melodies.

Plus, I have a penchant for cover songs, it's the surprise of singing something that I didn't think of writing myself that turns me on. Jazz got side-lined by Rock & Roll in the 60's, but now the demise of rock seems to be heralding in a newfound interest in it, the most creative and innovative musical forms of the 20th century. I'm happy to jump on the bandwagon." - Chrissie Hynde

"Valve Bone Woe is a lovingly crafted collection of covers - a surprising, successful new endeavour by an artist evidently still keen to challenge herself." - The Independent

"The vibe is appealing and so is Hynde's performance. Unhurried and nuanced, she eases herself into songs she clearly loves, and that sense of warmth lingers long after the album's last notes fade away." - All Music


1. How Glad I Am
2. Caroline, No
3. I'm a Fool to Want You
4. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)
5. Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters
6. Once I Loved
7. Wild Is the Wind
8. You Don't Know What Love Is
9. River Man
10. Absent Minded Me
11. Naima
12. Hello, Young Lovers
13. No Return
14. Que reste-t-il de nos amours?