Petra Goes to the Movies

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Petra Haden's one-person, all-vocals take on the Who's album The Who Sell Out was a crazy stunt she completed on a dare, but also a stunning artistic statement that showed what determination and crazy vocal skill could do to a classic album. Turn it inside out and make it small enough to fit in your pocket, basically. A decade later, Haden decided to do the same thing to a collection of her favorite themes from the silver screen. She applied her elastic pipes to the likes of "God's Lonely Man" from Taxi Driver, "Superman Theme," and "Pascal's Waltz" from Big Night, singing the lead melodies but also all the backing parts as well. It's another impressive achievement that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Petra Haden's one-person, all-vocals take on the Who's album The Who Sell Out was a crazy stunt she completed on a dare, but also a stunning artistic statement that showed what determination and crazy vocal skill could do to a classic album. Turn it inside out and make it small enough to fit in your pocket, basically. A decade later, Haden decided to do the same thing to a collection of her favorite themes from the silver screen. She applied her elastic pipes to the likes of "God's Lonely Man" from Taxi Driver, "Superman Theme," and "Pascal's Waltz" from Big Night, singing the lead melodies but also all the backing parts as well. It's another impressive achievement that sounds better than Sell Out from a technical aspect, thanks to the improved recording facilities and the lack of any of the slight wobbles or occasional pitchy moments. The only thing missing is the sense of spontaneity and slightly wacky joy that was transmitted though her vocals on Sell Out. Here, she is all business and very precise, playing everything straight even when the songs are as playful as "Carlotta's Galop" from or as breezy as "Cool Hand Luke Main Title." It ends up sounding majestic and artistic, where Sell Out sounded giddy and a little silly. The other difference here is that she breaks the all-vocals approach a few times -- singing with backing from pianist Brad Mehldau on a yearning version of "Calling You" from Baghdad Café, with guitarist Bill Frisell on a tender "It Might Be You" from Tootsie, and with Frisell and her father Charlie on "This Is Not America" from The Falcon and the Snowman. While these songs provide a bit of a stylistic break, they sound a little too traditional and somewhat less interesting when compared to the rest of the album. Overall, though, it's another impressive album that shows Haden to be a truly talented singer and vocal arranger, and one that fans of movie music done in a non-traditional fashion should find quite interesting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778721924
  • Catalog Number: 87219
  • Sales rank: 149,746

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Petra Haden Primary Artist, Vocals
Charlie Haden Bass
Brad Mehldau Piano
Technical Credits
Nino Rota Composer
Lalo Schifrin Composer
David Bowie Composer
Pat Metheny Composer
John Williams [composer] Composer
John Barry Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Dave Grusin Composer
Bernard Herrmann Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Lyle Mays Composer
Trent Reznor Composer
Leonard Rosenman Composer
Atticus Ross Composer
Petra Haden Producer
Woody Jackson Engineer
Robert Mellin Composer
Robert Telson Composer
Justin Burnett Producer, Engineer
Gary DeMichele Composer
Andrea Morricone Composer
Trevor Hernandez Layout
Andy Snavley Engineer
Marty Brumbach Engineer
Tom Baker Mastering
Steven Perilloux Art Direction
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