Sunday, May 1, 2011

One From The Heart....

Combining Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle together for a movie soundtrack may not sound like the most likely pairing but as evidenced by the soundtrack to One From The Heart it somehow worked.

Crystal Gayle has one of the smoothest voices in music and suffice to say Tom Waits does not but when the two got together to record the soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola's movie she was the perfect foil to Waits' gravelly voice. The album contains some of Waits' most accessible and heartbreaking lyrics and the arrangements are very stylish and classy. Set over one night the album captures the thoughts of two lovers and easily stands on it's own rather just working as a movie soundtrack.

Some of Waits' finest songs are on this under-rated album with songs oozing with romance and elegance that are reminiscent of the finest music of the 1940's and fits in alongside other Waits albums such as Blue Valentine and Closing Time. The album seemed to herald the end of the first installment of Waits' career before he moved on to the more esoteric sounds that started with the wonderful Swordfishtrombones.

Dismissed by some Waits' purists, One From The Heart is simply an album of absolute beauty that deserves to be heard and enjoyed for what it is...

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