quarta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2016

Sal Valentino - Come Out Tonight


Sal Valentino - Come Out Tonight - 2008

By Bruce Eder, AMG
This record is a genuinely amazing listening experience -- in fact, it's downright spellbinding for anyone who remembers the Beau Brummels, the mid-'60s/late-'60s outfit that Sal Valentino fronted. One hears accounts of enduring talents all the time, but even so, nine times out of ten with veteran performers of four decades' standing, it's too much to expect that they could actually deliver albums as strong as their classic work. But that's precisely what Valentino has done with Come Out Tonight. The voice is a little rougher, to be sure, but it's also every bit as powerful, expressive, and memorable as it was in the 1960s -- and with some fine songwriting of his own plus some careful selection of other people's tunes, he's come up with an album that's a fine successor to the first two Beau Brummels albums or just about anything else he ever did during his classic years. Come Out Tonight does cover all kinds of ground that wouldn't have been in evidence in the mid-'60s, of course, including a killer slow acoustic blues-style rendition of "Folsom Prison Blues" and a similarly unexpected interpretation of Jimmy Webb's "The Highwayman," his singing driving any of the pop smoothness from the piece. The newer numbers are also memorable, if mostly in more of a pop/rock vein (with a folk-rock veneer on a lot of them), and one could see a song like "Treasure of the Orient" turning into a hit in a friendlier musical environment. And although he's mostly known as a singer and songwriter, Valentino also contributes some acoustic guitar to his cause on a pair of tracks, most notably the title song. A dark, minimalist, bluesy personal reflection that's as alluring as it is devastating listening, "Come Out Tonight" delves into profoundly moving depths of despair and loneliness. And what makes this record even more special is the energy behind it -- Come Out Tonight isn't just an exercise in nostalgia, or an example of a veteran artist ascending to an unexpectedly high plateau, but a solidly compelling body of performances, surprisingly close in spirit to the records that Johnny Cash cut with Rick Rubin -- except that Valentino never needed (or saw the urgency for) the "comeback." 

01. All The Places
02. Catherine I Do
03. New Day
04. The Devil Is In The Courtyard
05. Grease The Wheel
06. For The Longest Time
07. Folsom Prison Blues
08. Treasure Of The Orient
09. Lookin' For You
10. The Highwayman
11. Come Out Tonight


4 comentários :

Buns O'Plenty disse...

big fan of the blog!! thanks for all the great posts
i have you listed on my 2 current pages


thanks again and looking forward to new music

Only Good Song disse...

I added yours
Luck & enjoy.

Keith Rh disse...

so pleased to get a chance to hear this,and that write up is on the money,from what i've heard so far this already up there with my all-time favourites-both vibrant and thoughtful songs.thanks

Only Good Song disse...


And I so pleased for your kind words