It shouldn’t be a surprise that For All Our Days That Tear the Heart – the album where Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler collaborate – is pretty wonderful.
After all, we all know that Suede got a lot less interesting (and, arguably, a lot more succesful) after Butler jumped ship, and whilst we probably know Buckley better as a BAFTA (3 times) and Oscar (just the once, so far) nominated actor these days, it shouldn’t be forgotten that she first caught the public’s eye when she came second in the TV talent show I’d Do Anything, the sole purpose of which was to discover seomeone to play Nancy in the revival of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! In fact, she won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2021 for playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret – you know, the role that Liza Minelli famously made her own in the 1972 film version.
So, no, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that For All Our Days That Tear the Heart is pretty wonderful. What does come as a surprise is just how wonderful it is. It reminds me a lot of Laura Marling, (see also fairly recent Late Night… inductees Dot Allison and This Is The Kit, as well as much of Tracey Thorn’s solo output, who I’m surprised to find I’ve not featured here, so that’s next week’s post sorted) so if you like her/their stuff – and if you don’t, there’s probably something wrong with you – you’ll love this album.
Here’s the opening track, which sets the tone for the whole record, which you can just immerse yourself and get lost in:
Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler – The Eagle & The Dove
Do yourself a favour and go buy it.