Perfectly Legal:  Songs Of Sex, Love And Murder

Perfectly Legal: Songs Of Sex, Love And Murder

by Glenna Bell
     
 
It may be tempting to dub Glenna Bell the distaff Terry Allen -- after all, she is a Texan country-folk singer/songwriter with a wry, satirical bent who has also worked in theater -- but that comparison would be too easy, and not entirely accurate. While Allen is a songsmith who happened to wander into theatrical work, Bell's trajectory seems to have been the opposite

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It may be tempting to dub Glenna Bell the distaff Terry Allen -- after all, she is a Texan country-folk singer/songwriter with a wry, satirical bent who has also worked in theater -- but that comparison would be too easy, and not entirely accurate. While Allen is a songsmith who happened to wander into theatrical work, Bell's trajectory seems to have been the opposite; though she's released a number of albums, she has a past as a playwright and a theater critic, which seems to inform her songwriting sensibility (this release is, after all, dedicated to "my mentor, Edward Albee"). Toward that end, she has framed sections of Perfectly Legal as "Acts." As is so often the case with concept albums, the thematic arc means as much or as little as you want it to mean. Ultimately, what matters is how well the songs themselves stand up, and the covers and original tunes contained here hold their own just fine. At eight songs clocking in under a half hour, Perfectly Legal pushes the technical definition of an "album," as opposed to an EP, but the dramatic arc to which it aspires has "full-length" written all over it nevertheless. In the course of that arc, listeners get Bell's versions of such tunes as the traditional "Frankie and Johnny" and the old Sam Cooke cut "Lost and Lookin'," delivered in a dusty, evocative tone that brings Rosalie Sorrels to mind. The Texan's own tunes range from the rolling, atmospheric "Hurricane"'s tale of a stormy romance to the stark storytelling of "The Southern Gothic Wedding Waltz" and the lighthearted, randy "The Cougar Anthem," with only the latter failing to add to the atmosphere of this Americana set piece.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2010
Label:
Honey Island Records
UPC:
0884501334457
catalogNumber:
2010
Rank:
138398

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glenna Bell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lawrence Ochs   Guitar
Scott Davis   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Paul "El Falcon" Valdez   Percussion,Drums
Jimmy Pizzitola   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
John Evans   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Carl Baggaley   Keyboards
Umar "the Hair Guy"   Background Vocals
Jake Marchese   Bass

Technical Credits

DeWayne Blackwell   Composer
Steven Christensen   Engineer
Glenna Bell   Arranger,Composer
J.W. Alexander   Composer
L. Jordan   Composer
Andre Moran   Engineer
Jimmy Pizzitola   Producer,Engineer
John Evans   Producer
Kevin "Big Kev" Ploghoft   Producer,Executive Producer
Natali Leduc   Cover Design

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