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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646391525
catalogNumber: 63915
Rank: 87501

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
Paul Riser   Composer
William Weatherspoon   Composer
Tony Flores   Engineer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Jeff Burns   Engineer
John Tyree   Engineer
Sebastian Haimerl   Engineer
Alan Sanderson   Engineer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Lior Goldenberg   Engineer
James Dean   Composer

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