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Contemplative Burt against a Loungey Background
on 28 July 2016
I got this for my grandad who has always been a big fan and I've enjoyed some of Burt's original music from the 60's myself over the years - mostly that which he has written for other people but some of his own performances, too. I heard some of this album myself and was surprised as it's a nice mix of mellow/lounge-style music with mostly Burt singing on the tracks and some cool guest appearances and collaborations from the likes of Dr.Dre, Wainwright and Costello. There is a nice juxtaposition of the smooth music and Burt's often fairly angry/disenchanted lyrics which are well written and hard-hitting. There is real emotion in his voice on the tracks and this seems far from some old musician trying to milk another album of half-hearted/try-hard tracks for the sake of it and it comes across as an album that has had a lot of thought and emotion put into it. It's not classic Baacharach but is a very nice update to his sound with some nice tunes to boot.