Yes, she’s back!!!
This is Trisha’s first full length solo release since 2007’s “ Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love “ and was available exclusively at William Sonomas in the US in time for Christmas but is at last now on general release for her fans everywhere.
While not the style of music we are used to hearing from this iconic country artist and multi award winner, an album of Sinatra covers has apparently been something she has been contemplating for around 20 years. It was working with the album’s producer Don Was
on a Sinatra 100th birthday tribute a few years ago that finally set the wheels in motion. Recorded live with a 55-piece orchestra ( and how amazing do they sound throughout ?) at the iconic Capitol Records in Hollywood where Sinatra himself recorded, Trisha even got to use the legend’s microphone and stool ……if any additional inspiration was needed!
The track listing also includes an original, co-written by Trisha and husband Garth Brooks
, “ For The Last Time” , a love song which she says is “
about finding that person and realising that nothing ever fell into place before” . It
wasn’t actually intended for this collection but both Don Was
and album arranger Vincent Mendoza agreed it would be a great fit when Brooks sent it to them.
( Relatively) hot on the heels of Willlie Nelson’s tribute album to Sinatra ( “ My Way” released last September ) it is interesting to hear a female country artist cover these iconic jazz standards, and Trisha’s voice adapts to the genre seamlessly.
Two of my favourites from this collection are the uptempo, sassy and punchy “ The Lady Is A Tramp” and the heart wrencher “ Over The Rainbow” ( including the often omitted introduction ) which demonstrate Trisha’s vocal control and versatility perfectly.
The aforementioned original write “ For The First Time” sounds as if it is lifted directly from the Sinatra era here, but I can equally hear it as a country song too ( which is how I assume it was originally conceived ) and wonder whether it will be recorded in that format at a later date.
Yes, this album may well be a personal indulgence for Yearwood but by the response it is receiving it is one her fans are happy she has finally given in to. While this is not the country music expected from her, the entire album is a sensual, sexy experience for the listener, pour yourself your favourite drink, sit back, relax and enjoy!
It is also a timely reminder ( if needed) of what a superb interpreter of songs and vocalist she is ahead of her next release which is expected later this year, an album rumoured to be a collection of ( possibly fourteen) country songs largely written/co-written by female artists. Definitely something I am eagerly anticipating.
All the Way
Come Fly With Me
Over the Rainbow
One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)
They All Laughed
If I Loved You
The Man That Got Away
The Lady Is a Tramp
For the Last Time
I’ll Be Seeing you