Heart and Soul: New Songs from Ally McBeal Featuring Vonda Shepard

Heart and Soul: New Songs from Ally McBeal Featuring Vonda Shepard

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This latest musical missive from "Ally McBeal" chanteuse Vonda Shepard screams "tasteful" at the top of its lungs. Shepard's butterscotch mezzo-soprano voice is the centerpiece of a dozen-plus adult contemporary favorites, which include a handful of Shepard originals as well. There are pleasant, reasonably soulful covers of Motown standards, such as See more details below

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This latest musical missive from "Ally McBeal" chanteuse Vonda Shepard screams "tasteful" at the top of its lungs. Shepard's butterscotch mezzo-soprano voice is the centerpiece of a dozen-plus adult contemporary favorites, which include a handful of Shepard originals as well. There are pleasant, reasonably soulful covers of Motown standards, such as the Supremes' swan song, "Someday, We'll Be Together;" Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," and the Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)." In fact, Shepard picks most of these baby-boomer touchstones primarily from the '60s, including British Invasion pop like Peter and Gordon's "World Without Love" and a leisurely take on Lulu's "To Sir, with Love," on which she duets with the ever-foxy Al Green. There's also the sublime homegrown ballad by the late Roy Orbison, "Crying," and a sentimental '70s weeper, Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)." But Shepard would do well to follow her own muse a bit more: Her self-penned selections (all but one of them co-written with the likes of Mitchell Froom and James Newton Howard) reveal her not inconsiderable flair for a singable melody and thoughtful lyric. Her duet with vocal twin Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, "Baby, Don't Break My Heart Slow," is really quite pretty; but it's the almost-rocker "Confetti" that really steals the show. Next time more Vonda, please.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Vonda Shepard's curious ascension into pop prominence on the heels of the Ally McBeal television series offers evidence that, if you just hang around Los Angeles long enough, you may finally get recognized. After years of laboring as a lower echelon L.A. rock singer/songwriter and backup singer (a second-rate Bonnie Raitt, one might say), Shepard hit paydirt of a sort playing a club singer on TV, and the quasi-soundtrack album Songs from Ally McBeal, which includes oldies covers from the '60s and '70s, was a million-selling Top Ten hit in 1998. The inevitable follow-up is more of the same, though this time around Shepard gets to pen five of the 14 tracks. On her own, Shepard is not untalented: "Read Your Mind," the lead-off track, is a tentative acceptance of love that might as easily be directed to Shepard's unexpected (and no doubt temporary) new audience as to a new boyfriend; "Confetti" is a '60s-style rocker that seems to be attacking the kind of kids who look to Ally McBeal for fashion and dating tips; and "Baby, Don't You Break My Heart Slow" is a good romantic ballad in the currently popular Diane Warren/adult contemporary style. Such material demonstrates that Shepard is worthy of a major-label release of her own songs, and not just in relation to Ally McBeal.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/1999
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074646391525
catalogNumber:
63915
Rank:
14594

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vonda Shepard   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Green   Track Performer
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
Davey Faragher   Bass
Val McCallum   Guitar
Emily Saliers   Track Performer
Martin Tillman   Cello
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Leland Sklar   Bass
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Vonda Shepard   Producer,Liner Notes
Rob Brill   Engineer
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
John Paterno   Engineer
Tony Flores   Engineer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Jeff Burns   Engineer
John Tyree   Engineer
Sebastian Haimerl   Engineer
Alan Sanderson   Engineer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Lior Goldenberg   Engineer

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