Worrisome Heart CD
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At twenty-two, singer-songwriter Melody Gardot has a hauntingly beautiful voice that can melt event the hardest of hearts. Drenched in a sublime vapour of mellow blues, eclectic folk and above all jazz, Worrisome Heart is a ten-track collection of original songs co-produced by Melody Gardot and Grammy Award winning producer Glenn Barratt. With a superb narrative, nuanced phrasing and skillfully constructed arrangements, this is a rare and unique album.
Echoes of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald belie her jazz heritage, whilst her lyrics communicate a wise, determined and occasionally lighthearted take on life. Backed by the some of the finest musicians on the American jazz scene, Melody has already drawn rave reviews across the USA, and she is now set to take the UK by storm. Please welcome the next, and brightest, jazz star of the twenty first century.
This debut will inevitably draw comparisons to Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux - but don't fall into the trap of believing it. Because behind the sweeping classic melodies and dreamy piano lie the striking lyrics and edgy tone of Melody Garnot - and beyond them, an unbelievable story of courage against the odds. Disabled after a 4X4 knocked her off her bike at 19, Melody only found her voice while receiving music therapy as she recovered. The recordings she made in a wheelchair at her hospital bedside were eventually released in 2005 as Some Lessons - The Bedroom Sessions.
It was an undoubtedly long, painful slog from there to her first full length release Worrisome Heart. She wrote and co-produced the entire album which had an independent US release in 2006. Picked up by the same DJ who discovered Norah Jones, Garnot started gaining acclaim and signed to Universal, with whom the album now gets a deserved full worldwide release.
It's true that tracks like Sweet Memory and Goodnite have similarities to Jones' standards but unsurprisingly this survivor also has an edge. Only in her early twenties, Gardot is still not fully recovered. She walks with a cane and is hypersensitive to light, noise and sound - not ideal for a professional singer.
Her resulting inner steel cuts through best in top tracks Worrisome Heart and Love Me Like A River Does, lifting them above your standard dreamy jazz classics. On the album's the title track, she calls herself a ''worrisome, troubling, baggage free, modern day dame, ain't nobody the same''. She's right there. Meanwhile Love Me Like A River Does stands out for its simple yet devastating lines such as: ''Baby don't rush, you're no waterfall - love me that is all''.
The disc almost sold out on Amazon the day before release and is getting great reviews all over the world. Garnot is lighthearted in the face of adversity, signing off the album with: ''That was fun!'' Fun? It's so much more than that. And you owe it to your ears to discover this gem for yourself. --Sophie Bruce
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Top Customer Reviews
I really liked the quality of the production of the album too - I have mid range gear but I would image that a nice Linn or Naim system would make this sound really special. The deep luxurious bass notes, cool sax and oboe really sound very nice.
There is only one track I'm not mad about, which isn't bad for an album these days though at only 33 minutes it's not the longest album in the world.
Overall the album is quite an unexpected pleasure; my wife said exactly the same thing!
Don't get me wrong, "Worrisome Heart" is a good album, with its mixture of lite jazz and blues, and Philadelphian singer / songwriter Melody Gardot has a very listenable voice. But there isn't anything new going on here. Everyone will say it, but it's straight of Norah Jones 101, with an optional module in Nellie McKay. Again, there is nothing wrong with that, and on the best material here - 'Worrisome Heart', 'Some Lessons', 'Sweet Memory', you can't help but get caught up in the music.
The music itself is very simple and acoustic, something that works well, allowing Ms Gardot to express herself vocally without being overwhelmed, a trait best demonstrated on the song that could actually make her name, the truly beautiful 'Love Me Like a River Does'. As she says herself, ""I gravitate towards soothing music, often genres that are soft and somewhat unassuming. Music can do wonders for your spirit especially when it's the kind that calms you". And she's hit that mark perfectly.
It's a very promising start, but there's a way to go, before she takes her place at the top of the pile.
And it is a confident and convincing jazz debut I must say. I'm not a major jazz fan but this girl has captured my attention. She is more convincing than say Norah Jones at jazz for me and she is not as showy and glossy as say Michael Buble who I have to say I have sadly tired of... can't get into his new album much at all.
Melody has a really soulful voice and it is clear this style of music is perfect for her... she evokes a smoky jazz club feel on this album and her 2nd one too. It's so soulful and sincere... it's not about over-complex arrangements, it's about her selling the lyrics to you ... she sings it like she means it... really effective.
Maybe, too laid back and slow for some people's tastes.... She never goes for big band style numbers... yet for me, her arrangements are simple yet beautiful. This is why I kinda lost interest in Buble... it's all a little too showy now... this lady just sings her heart out without any major bells and whistles.
The album is full of laid back tracks that you can just lay back and relax too... not an album that you are going to get ready for a night out to but... just because it lacks up-tempo numbers doesn't mean it is really lacking at all... an album for a quiet night in or contemplative moods.
Personal faves of mine: the beautiful Love Me Like A River Does, the lilting Sweet Memory , the soulful Worrisome Heart and the charming goodnite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The music is wonderful, as is anything the Melody Gardot does. She is an interesting person in that she was struck by a car and for a while it seemed that she would be a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Robertson