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Anyone from the baby boomer generation who's been listening to music has been influenced by Jobim, Gilberto and the bossa nova. Carly Simon, an influential artist in her own right, pays homage to the soul of the samba on her latest CD, This Kind Of Love. Since Ms Simon's career includes a significant number of original pop hits and a couple of standards records, it makes complete sense that she would move in this direction. Carly Simon, who's inspiration has always been substantial and who's voice has always been limited, began in the folk tradition and the bossa nova suits this history to a tee. In similar fashion, her sultry, Lauren Bacall alto is strangely suited to the genre. Finally, the writing team of Simon, her prodigy children and the ever-brilliant Jimmy Webb, make this a record that requires at least one pass.
The first remarkable cut is Simon's original, "People Say A Lot." The beat is a combination of sinister hip-hop joined to an exotic Joe Jackson sort of samba groove. The bridge has a sophisticated Joni Mitchell-Donald Fagen chord progression and wonderful vocal harmonies. Less Jobim simplicity, this is very much Stan Getz jazzy and Quincy-like orchestrations. Dare we suggest that Carly Simon has made a hip record? Don't be surprised, she had Mike Manieri on her first standards record, and she has developed even more musical sophistication since. While her last record was intentionally primitive and intimate, this is seriously sophisticated.
It will be no surprise that Starbucks is the marketing force behind this record. Carly's Ex, JT, her inspiration, Joni Mitchell and that ultimate sophisticate, Herbie Hancock, have all gone in this direction. Carly Simon has been an AOR star, a confessional songwriter, a standards chanteuse, and a mom. This record also includes a set of references to "La Vie Danson." "How Can You Ever Forget" is a strange New Orleans march. It's certainly that place where samba meets the second line. But then, this wasn't an essay assignment for Carly, she can do as she likes. She has a wonderfully eclectic approach to everything.
Jimmy Webb's "The Last Samba" (you remember "MacArthur Park" and "Wichita Lineman") has a beautiful Leonard Cohen quality in both the chord progression and the lyric. Webb's own piano and Aaron Heick's sensuous alto flute make the tune ethereal and heartfelt. Some sentiments require the voice of experience. Simon isn't twenty-four anymore, but who wants her to be? "The Last Samba" will melt the heart of any of you out there over something-something. Finally, "Too Soon To Say Goodbye" for Art Buchwald, is a deep, strange, anthem to experience. With vague Tom Waits and Randy Newman implications, Carly Simon proves that she can still 1) sing, 2) write, 3) speak to us and 4) make an interesting and enigmatic record. This Kind Of Love is deeply personal, vaguely Brazilian, uneven and unorthodox, and very, very Carly Simon.
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|Number of Discs:||1|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.18|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.3 x 4.9 x 5.5|
|1.||This Kind of Love|
|2.||Hold Out Your Heart|
|3.||People Say a Lot|
|5.||How Can You Ever Forget|
|7.||In My Dreams|
|8.||When We're Together|
|9.||So Many People to Love|
|10.||They Just Want You to Be There|
|13.||Too Soon to Say Goodbye|
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