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Adieu False Heart
     

Adieu False Heart

4.8 5
by Linda Ronstadt
 
Suffused with melancholy and aching with the sweet sorrow of parting, Adieu False Heart is an aptly titled discourse on the journey from heartbreak to healing. Linda Ronstadt and the acclaimed Cajun belter Ann Savoy, who first teamed on the 2002 Cajun music tribute album Evangeline Made, sing solo and in harmony with a

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Suffused with melancholy and aching with the sweet sorrow of parting, Adieu False Heart is an aptly titled discourse on the journey from heartbreak to healing. Linda Ronstadt and the acclaimed Cajun belter Ann Savoy, who first teamed on the 2002 Cajun music tribute album Evangeline Made, sing solo and in harmony with a delicacy and knowing restraint that may even surprise the artists' longtime followers. These are intimate confessions, arranged with spare, acoustic instrumentation (among the key players are Sam Bush on mandolin, Byron House on upright bass, and the incomparable Stuart Duncan on fiddle, with Kristin Wilkinson doing her usual superb job on string arrangements) that provides gentle ballast for these 13 songs. The pair extend their Cajun collaboration with three tunes sung in French Cajun, including the 1930s hit "Parlez-Moi D'amour," its ethereal vocal duet boasting a tender winsomeness worthy of Edith Piaf's most memorable paeans to the lovelorn. They range far and wide for the rest of their material: The rustic title song is based on a 19th-century tune popularized by Arthur Smith; the duo cop a hypnotic kiss-off number, "The One I Love Is Gone," from Bill Monroe; Julie Miller's "I Can't Get Over You" elicits a tear-inducing reading from Ronstadt, whose interpretation is as moving for what she holds back as for what it gives in emotional wallop; and Richard Thompson is the recipient of extraordinarily deep performances of his lilting, slightly acidic "King of Bohemia" and his devastating sotto voce ballad "Burns' Supper." Topping it off, a Cajun ballad makeover transforms the Left Banke hit "Walk Away Renée." A transcendent experience, Adieu False Heart is all raw nerve, but it hurts so good.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Few artists in popular music have roamed as restlessly as Linda Ronstadt. Since the mid-'80s, when she broke away from her sure-fire SoCal pop
ock formula long enough to team with the legendary arranger Nelson Riddle for a trio of pop standards albums, Ronstadt has continued to diversify: a couple of Spanish-language albums here, a kids' set there, a Christmas album, an outing with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. Adieu False Heart is yet another detour down a side road for Ronstadt: a full-fledged collaboration with Ann Savoy, a mainstay of the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, one of the most respected bands within that genre. Ronstadt and Savoy first worked together on the 2002 compilation album Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music, and Adieu False Heart is, in its own way, a tribute as well. Although its soul resides squarely in Cajun country, it's not as purist a Cajun recording as those Savoy makes with Savoy-Doucet, a band that also includes her husband, accordionist Marc Savoy, and the ace fiddler Michael Doucet. Yet it's as different from Ronstadt's radio hits as the Riddle and mariachi recordings were, and rendered as honestly and confidently: Ronstadt clearly enjoys visiting Savoy's musical territory and honoring this particular pocket of Americana. The pair, switching off on lead vocals and/or harmonizing tightly, take two from the British songsmith Richard Thompson, "Burns' Supper" and "King of Bohemia," alongside largely languid material from Bill Monroe, Julie Miller, and others. But the big ear-opener of the album is the duo's cover of "Walk Away Renee," the Left Banke's 1966 Top Five hit, here recast as an acoustic weeper. That Ronstadt would give the song such a heartfelt reading does not surprise -- it's a natural for her songbook. That she and Savoy so effortlessly transform it into a Cajun-style ballad does. With top pickers like mandolinist Sam Bush and bassist Byron House onboard, and the two versatile vocalists clearly enjoying their moment together, Adieu False Heart captures the Cajun flavor naturally, without pretending to be something it's not.
Billboard - Philip Van Vleck
A special album: a moving collection of essential folk tunes, forged via a meeting of gifted musicians and equally adept songwriters.
Los Angeles Times - Randy Lewis
It will slake the thirst of anyone interested in music speaking quietly from, and to, the heart.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joel Selvin
There is something wonderfully timeless about this gorgeous set of acoustic folk songs, brilliantly produced and beautifully rendered by these two musical giants.
Los Angeles Daily News - Bob Strauss
1/2 The best ballad record Ronstadt has made since the '70s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707980821
catalogNumber:
79808
Rank:
49796

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Primary Artist
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Sam Broussard   Acoustic Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Byron House   Upright Bass
Dirk Powell   Harmonica,Accordion,Bass Guitar
Joel Savoy   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Andrea Zonn   Violin
Chas Justus   Acoustic Guitar
Krista Wilkinson   Viola

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Kevin Welch   Composer
John Jacob Niles   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Julie Miller   Composer
Mike Brown   Composer
Scott Dooley   Composer
David Greely   Composer
John Hadley   Composer
Michel Hindenoch   Composer
Tony Sansone   Composer
Chas Justus   Composer
J. Neuburger   Composer
Bob Calilli   Composer

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Adieu False Heart 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just bought this cd after seeing it was nominated for a Grammy for folk album of the year. A stunning collection of songs and such heartfelt performances. Reminiscent of Ronstadt's other recent triumph with Emmylou Harris: The Western Wall Sessions. Savoy is a new discovery for me and a wonderful one. Highly recommended. Ronstadt enters her 40th year making records in fine style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS NEW RELEASE BY LINDA AND ANN DEMONSTRATES THEIR ADMIRATION FOR EACH OTHER AND THE MATERIAL THEY COVER!!! IT IS AN OUTSTANDING ALBUM WHERE THE SUPERB VOCALS AND INSTRUMENTATION SHARE THE SPOTLIGHT. THE PRODUCTION IS EXCELLENT ALSO AND NO EXPENSE WAS SPARED TO ACHIEVE THE HIGH QUALITY OF MUSICIANSHIP DEMONSTRATED ON THE ALBUM. ALL TRACKS ARE EXCELLENT AND ARE FROM VARYING GENRES SUCH AS FOLK, POP, CAJUN AND BLUESGRASS, BUT THE STANDOUTS FOR THIS REVIWER ARE THE TITLE TRACK FOR IT'S HAUNTING AND TIGHT HARMONIES, 'KING OF BOHEMIA" (A RICHARD THOMPSON SONG) FOR THE EXQUISITE AND EMOTIONAL VOCALS BY LINDA, THE COUNTRY BLUESY "THE ONE I LOVE IS GONE" AND A SUPERB EMOTIONAL READING OF THE POP CLASSIC "WALK AWAY RENEE." IT IS AMAZING HOW COHESIVE THE TRACKS ARE AND HOW THEY FLOW TO CREATE A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE!!! DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS FINE COLLECTION DESTINED TO BE ON MANY CRITICS' CHOICE FOR TOP ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! 5 STARS!!!! EDDIEJINNJ
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love that you can hear the individual instruments, including the 2 women's voices.....as separate, intertwining melodies....."southern music, why are you so sad?", sang maria muldaur, years earlier, and this album has many truly sad songs, but some bright ones as well.....has a historic feel to it, like pioneer farmers and cajun survivors on the bayou.....i like it way better than i expected, because it is genuine and gives you a glimpse of past lives......
Guest More than 1 year ago
Came across this album by chance. Have always been a HUGE Linda Ronstadt fan. Had only known Ann Savoy's sound from the film "The Sisterhood of the YaYa's." This is the perfect blend of voices. The music choices are perfect! Love this album. Great for morning listening as you drink your first cup of coffee or take a walk through the garden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago