Let Them Talk

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Music has been present in Hugh Laurie's career in some form or another since the days of Fry & Laurie, even working its way into House, the American television series that turned him into an international star in the 2000s. Without House, Laurie would never have been granted the opportunity to record an album like 2011's Let Them Talk, a full-blooded immersion into American blues via New Orleans, shepherded by acclaimed roots producer Joe Henry and featuring such Big Easy heavy-hitters as Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and Irma Thomas. To his enormous credit, Laurie never sounds like a dilettante among this group; he holds his own, working his way into the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Music has been present in Hugh Laurie's career in some form or another since the days of Fry & Laurie, even working its way into House, the American television series that turned him into an international star in the 2000s. Without House, Laurie would never have been granted the opportunity to record an album like 2011's Let Them Talk, a full-blooded immersion into American blues via New Orleans, shepherded by acclaimed roots producer Joe Henry and featuring such Big Easy heavy-hitters as Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and Irma Thomas. To his enormous credit, Laurie never sounds like a dilettante among this group; he holds his own, working his way into the marrow of the songs, playing credible piano throughout the record. Which isn't to say that he quite makes this selection of standards his own, either. There are reworkings and reinterpretations, "Tipitina" in particular being turned on its head, but the problem with Let Them Talk isn't the guts and blood of the music, or the slightly studious air Henry cultivates. No, the problem is how Laurie's blues accent inevitably slides into affectations quite familiar from House. He can't help it, that's his American accent, but it's disarming to have a number cooking along and all of a sudden Princeton Plainsboro's favorite misanthrope has taken the lead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 825646663316
  • Catalog Number: 527497
  • Sales rank: 9,037

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hugh Laurie Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Dr. John Vocals
Irma Thomas Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom Jones Vocals
Greg Leisz Guitar, Mandola, Lap Steel Guitar, Weissenborn
Jean McClain Background Vocals
David Piltch Upright Bass
Allen Toussaint Conductor
Patrick Warren Accordion, Autoharp, Keyboards
Kevin Breit Mandolin, Mandocello, Guitar (Tenor)
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Craig Eastman Violin, Tenor Violin
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tracy Griffin Trumpet
Clarence Johnson III Alto Saxophone
Levon Henry Tenor Saxophone
Robby Marshall Clarinet, Alto Clarinet
Big Sam Williams Trombone
Jo Green Hand Clapping
Gennine Jackson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Joe Henry Producer, Liner Notes
Roy Byrd Composer
Peter Chatman Arranger
Henry Creamer Composer
Lew Douglas Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Cosimo Matassa Composer
Allen Toussaint Horn Arrangements
Clarence Williams Composer
Virginia Liston Composer
Arthur Phelps Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Sam Gray Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Arranger
Wesley Fontenot Recording Assistant
Wesley Seidman Recording Assistant
Stephen Collins Foster Composer
Harry Carlson Composer
Robert Leroy Johnson Composer
Erwin King Composer
Hugh Laurie Liner Notes
Conrad Withey Executive Producer
Paul Marinaro Recording Assistant
Ferdinand Morton Composer
Armenta Bo Carter Chatmon Composer
Alonzo Lonnie Chatmon Composer
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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Really Hugh Laurie you are amazing!!!! You had me at the samples I listened to on the website. I purchased the cd and loved the journey it took me on. The cd is full of stories, fun, humor, musical talent beyond my expectations and ended with a beautiful love song that left me hanging on for the next cd! Beautiful and inspirational! Thats right baby...."Let Them Talk"!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Shockingly good!

    Hugh Laurie = Jack of all trades. He can now legitimately add musician to his already long list of accomplishments. This album blows me away, and I dont even like this genre of music. So glad I bought it. LOVE IT!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Is there anything this man cannot do?

    He is a great actor, both comedic and dramatic. He is a fine author. If you have never read The Gun Seller, I highly suggest it. But his piano playing and singing, now that reaches into the depths of my soul. It makes me ask two questions: Why does one person have so much talent? And, how can a white man from England sing/play jazz from his soul just like he lived it himself? Amazing!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Great!

    I heard it in the store today but can't get it till next week at B&N. Definitely will do. It has that Joe Henry touch!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    I love this cd!!!! Hugh Laurie can definitely sing the blues! Th

    I love this cd!!!! Hugh Laurie can definitely sing the blues! This is amazing!!! I picked it up the week it came out, and I cannot help but sing along, and struggle to not dance in my car too! I highly recommend it! We are going to see Hugh Laurie in concert in August!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Great Stuff..

    Sung from the heart..not the greatest voice but it works well. Try making a Hugh Laurie Pandora station..you won't be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    The Gospel song, "Battle of Jericho" was the best son


    The Gospel song, "Battle of Jericho" was the best song on the album.St James Infirmary  was soulful. 

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