Jaimee Paul – Melancholy Baby

Melancholy Baby shows that Jaimee Paul has got the blues. “I want a little sugar in my bowl / I want a little sweetness down in my soul,” Ms Paul whips out her bluesy pipes, intoxicating phrasing and turns Nina Simon’s classic into her own. Her version of Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields’s “Big Spender” puts the Pussycat Dolls to shame with her sultry, shouting blues. She also puts her own spin on Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and reinvigorated U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” with a hypnotizing, bossa-nova flavor. With Beegie Adair’s tender, delicate touch on the piano, Ms gives me melancholy too on the title track.