Review by Taf Rock for MPM
Joanne Shaw Taylor releases the third single from her forthcoming new album scheduled to emerge later this year.
In contrast to the ‘upbeat, rocky and infectious’ single ‘Sweet Lil Lies’ which featured a classic earworm of a chorus and the follow up ‘Wild Love’ (dark and intimate with blues undertones) ‘A Good Goodbye’ heralds a return to Joanne’s blues roots.
The song (co-written by Bones UK lead guitarist Carmen Vandenberg) revolves around a relationship breakdown. A relationship that ends in as pleasant a manner as possible. It’s a blessing in disguise for the respective partners to go their separate ways.
Soulful melodic guitar sets the scene for Joanne’s distinctive smoky vocal. Joanne is straight to the point with her opening lyric ‘It’s time, just admit we were wrong’. Joanne no longer wants to ‘singalong’ so she continues with beautiful blues guitar the kind of stuff she impressed The Eurythmics Dave Stewart with all those years ago at the age of 16.
There’s no turning back – ‘I see your eyes and realise what your heart can’t accept … we’ve got no love left’. Female backing vocals emphasise the pleas ‘I don’t know … why you’re only happy if I’m burning … why I even try’. Each verse punctuated with the silky smooth excellence of Joanne’s blues guitar.
‘Trust me when I tell you … I can love me so much better than you’. The ultimate putdown delivered just like this song in the nicest most pleasant manner possible.
After two singles that were quite a departure from Joanne’s tried and tested blues style it’s refreshing to hear Joanne hasn’t forgotten a style of music that she cut her teeth on as she demonstrates once again her exceptional talent both on vocals and guitar.