The Bathtub and the Sea
The Bathtub and the Sea follows Jo's celebrated 2008 debut, I Want to Be Happy, which was christened by Downbeat as one of the “best CDs of the 2000s,” and its sterling 2014 follow-up, Taking Pictures. Much as she did in Pictures, Lawry spends The Bathtub and the Sea exploring her gifts as a singer-songwriter, writing or co-writing each of the album’s 11 tracks for a set that often echoes her life while adding a twist or two. The title track, co-written with Doug Wamble, sets the course of the album in its tale of navigating beginnings and endings. The shimmering “Wedding Song” was penned as a wedding-day surprise to her husband, musician and collaborator Will Vinson. The equally lovely “So Far So Good,” is her one-year anniversary present to him. The duet version of “Unlearning” is maybe the record’s centerpiece, in which the ethereal twin voices of Lawry and her longtime boss, Sting, dance around each other.
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Taking Pictures (2015)
Taking Pictures marks not only an evolution from Jo Lawry's previous work, but also a redrawing of how she makes music. Lawry wrote all of the record's 10 tracks (including "Impossible," the sterling duet with Sting), shifting her focus from vocal jazz to a guitar-based singer-songwriter sound.
"[Jo Lawry] steps into the limelight with this assured solo album. Here, the jazz flavours are present but she proves her ability to straddle the genres." - The Sun (U.K.)
"... singer of dazzling self-possession" - New York Times
"[a] restrained, elegant set" 4 stars, Mojo Magazine (U.K.)
I Want to Be Happy (2008)
Jo Lawry's debut album features standards arranged beautifully by Lawry ("I Want to Be Happy"), sparkling original songs ("Small House") and thoughtful re-imaginings of pop songs ("February"). Named by Downbeat magazine as "one of the best CD's of the 2000s".
"Start to finish, the disc demonstrates why Lawry is one of the most impressive vocalists to emerge in some years. Listen as she slyly drops a few licks from “Tico Tico” into a high-flying “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and you’ll know that Lawry will captivate the cognoscenti. But her wide-ranging taste in material is sure to win even more fans; it takes a special artist to redeem the likes of “I Can’t Smile Without You.” - Time Out New York