"It's Good to Be Alive"
From Imelda May's Tribal
Liner notes: Riding an exuberant rockabilly groove, the Irish shouter delivers a message of hope.
Behind the music: A veteran of Jeff Beck's guitar sessions, May wrote this exhilarating tune the day after giving birth to her first child.
Check it out if you like: Big, confident voices, from Wanda Jackson to Connie Smith to Neko Case.
This review originally appeared in the July/August 2014 Issue of Mother Jones.