Friday, February 08, 2008

'Just A Little Bit Of Lovin'

Shelby Lynne's album of Dusty Springfield covers is both inspired and so very sexy. Well done, Ms. Moorer.

Retro-fabrication is a term you won't often hear outside of dentistry or the garment industry, but it's a concept becoming prevalent in music nowadays, as more and more artists seek inspiration in the past, a little too literally at times. It certainly looms large over most of this week's releases: for Shelby Lynne with Just a Little Lovin', it's a case of paying tribute to the greatest of all female pop singers, Dusty Springfield, by re-casting several of Dusty's signature songs in the style of Dusty In Memphis.

Phil Ramone's spare, reflective production drains away the melodramatic orchestrations of the originals to leave songs such as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart" stripped bare of any emotional cover, leaving Lynne's subtle, measured vocals inhabiting a vast landscape of pain.

Some of the arrangements pull off audacious strategies – the natural exuberance of "I Only Want to be With You" is abandoned for a much torchier tone, more akin to Julie London than Dusty, while her version of the Southern soul classic "Breakfast In Bed" is surely definitive.

1 comment:

Buzz Stephens said...

Speaking of Julie London, over at The Judy Garland Experience they are currently featuring audio files from a rare 1968 session with Bobby Troup and June Christy. And later in the week they will be posting files from Julie London television appearances.
Here is the link: