Over The Rainbow
Herb Alpert Presents
Hey, he’s got more money than the lonely bull shits, but here he is still – making music. Turning up. I admire the fuck out of that! Also, I’ve always had a soft spot for (if not because of) Herb Alpert’s horn. And his soft touch with a song. They call it easy listening as if that’s some sort of criticism. Not for me. I dig this stuff.
Look, of course it’s cheesy, but I can almost taste the Christmas scotch-cocktails as I hear Fantasy. I’ll make a mess of myself on this album if I fucking want to. And there ain’t a good goddam thing you or anyone else can do. Alright. Come at me, bro. Bring your knife if you like. This will always be a drunken gunfight – and I’ll fire first and talk second…
Um, ah, sorry, where was I, um, some of the songs would be better served as instrumentals – there’s a nice set-up to the version of Ain’t No Sunshine but I feel it’s ruined when the vocal comes in.
The title track is a gorgeous waft of understated horn atop a cruise-ship backing track. And if my outburst before didn’t make you run a mile this song’s string-y schmaltz just might. Good riddance I say again. This album is for me. Not you.
Alpert has always been able to have his way with a song – and perhaps that’s a slight problem when it comes to something like Copacabana, but my mind is on its sixth scotch-on-the-rocks as I’m hearing this. So I’m about to start a fucking conga-line anyway. Even though I’ve never liked this song. Suddenly it’s my new favourite.
Your Are So Beautiful, Nature Boy, Always On My Mind, Herb knows what he’s doing. Gorgeous waft. (That’s possibly my new nickname for him by the way).
And then we close with a wee snippet of South of the Border. And What A Wonderful World, which begins with a spoken-word intro by Alpert, a wee snatch of Satchmo’s voice to follow and then Herb Alpert basically taking the song and giving it a rim-job. At this point I’m overcome with…er, with joy. Yeah, that’s it. Joy. And, er, look this is a bit awkward, so sorry about that too by the way.
Probably the greatest album released in 2019. Or in any year in fact!
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