Let Them Talk (Hugh Laurie album)

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Let Them Talk
Let Them Talk Hugh Laurie.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 April 2011 (2011-April-18) (France)
Recorded26–27 July, 1 September, 4–8 & 21 October 2010
69:02 (Special Edition)
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJoe Henry
Hugh Laurie chronology
Let Them Talk
Didn't It Rain
Singles from Let Them Talk
  1. "You Don't Know My Mind"
    Released: Early 2011
  2. "Winin' Boy Blues"
    Released: 2 October 2011

Let Them Talk is the debut studio album by English actor and musician Hugh Laurie.

The album, which consists of classic blues songs, was released on 9 May 2011.[1] Some of the songs are collaborations with well-known artists such as Tom Jones, Irma Thomas and Dr. John.[2] Laurie plays piano and guitar on the album in addition to providing lead vocals. Kevin Breit plays guitar[3] and Vincent Henry plays saxophones.[4] The album was produced by Joe Henry and features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint.[1]

Laurie premiered some of the songs in a small New Orleans club in March 2011,[5] and started officially touring with these materials on April 2011 with two consecutive live concerts in Germany.[6] In the UK, he performed at the Union Chapel in London,[4] at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival,[3] Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry, and at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music.[7] Laurie also made several television appearances, including BBC2 programmes The Graham Norton Show and Later... with Jools Holland,[8] and was interviewed on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

On 15 May 2011, Laurie appeared in the UK ITV series Perspectives, explaining his love for the music of New Orleans and playing music from the album, at studios and live venues in the city of New Orleans itself.[9]

A special edition of the album, containing three more songs, was released on 15 May 2011.[10] A second blues album, named Didn't It Rain, was released on 6 May 2013.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[12]
musicOMH4/5 stars[13]
The IndependentPositive[14]
Mojo3/5 stars[15]

Track listing[edit]

1."St. James Infirmary"6:25
2."You Don't Know My Mind"3:39
3."Six Cold Feet"4:55
4."Buddy Bolden's Blues"3:12
5."Battle of Jericho"3:47
6."After You've Gone" (featuring Dr. John)4:09
7."Swanee River"2:43
8."The Whale Has Swallowed Me"3:37
9."John Henry" (featuring Irma Thomas)3:34
10."Police Dog Blues"3:33
12."Winin' Boy Blues"2:59
13."They're Red Hot"1:11
14."Baby, Please Make a Change" (featuring Sir Tom Jones & Irma Thomas)4:57
15."Let Them Talk"4:10

Songs of the Deluxe Edition

16."Guess I'm a Fool"3:09
17."It Ain't Necessarily So"3:46
18."Lowdown, Worried and Blue"4:14

Songs of the Special Edition

16."Hallelujah I Love Her So"3:09
17."Crazy Arms"3:11
18."Waiting for a Train"3:34
19."You Don't Know My Mind (Live in Paris)"4:42


The album received favorable reviews, and holds a Metacritic score of 61 out of 100, based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[16]

Chart performance[edit]

"Let Them Talk" was the biggest-selling blues album of 2011 in the UK, with sales of 192,000 copies.[17]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
France 18 April 2011
Germany 29 April 2011
UK 9 May 2011
US 6 September 2011


Date City Country Venue
North America
22 May 2012 Solana Beach United States Belly Up Tavern
23 May 2012 San Juan Capistrano The Coach House
24 May 2012 Los Angeles El Rey Theatre
26 May 2012 Turlock Turlock Community Theatre
27 May 2012 San Francisco Great American Music Hall
29 May 2012 Napa Uptown Theatre
31 May 2012 Eugene Jaqua Concert Hall
1 June 2012 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
2 June 2012 Spokane Martin Woldson Theater At The Fox
4 June 2012 Seattle Benaroya Hall
South America
8 June 2012 Buenos Aires Argentina Luna Park
9 June 2012
10 June 2012 Rosario Metropolitano de Rosario
12 June 2012 Santiago Chile Movistar Arena
20 June 2012 Kiev Ukraine Palace "Ukraine"
22 June 2012 Minsk Belarus Palace of the Republic
24 June 2012 Saint Petersburg Russia BZK Oktyabrsky
25 June 2012 Moscow The Magic Centre
26 June 2012
29 June 2012 Glasgow Scotland Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
30 June 2012[A] Oxford England The Great Tew Park
1 July 2012 Salford The Lowry
2 July 2012 London Hammersmith Apollo
7 July 2012[B] Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
10 July 2012 Paris France Le Grand Rex
11 July 2012 L'Olympia
12 July 2012[C] Vienne Le Théâtre Antique
14 July 2012 Berlin Germany Tempodrom
15 July 2012 Hamburg Hamburg Stadtpark
16 July 2012 Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
17 July 2012 Bochum RuhrCongress
19 July 2012[D] Spa Belgium Place de l'Hôtel de Ville
21 July 2012 Zurich Switzerland Zurich Congress Hall
22 July 2012 Vienna Austria Vienna Konzerthaus
24 July 2012[E] Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Etoiles à Monaco
27 July 2012[F] Madrid Spain Teatro Circo Price
29 July 2012[G] Marbella Spain Auditorio de Marbella 'La Cantera'
31 July 2012 Lisbon Portugal Coliseu dos Recreios
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances


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