Pin It

CD Review: Jack and Amanda Palmer's You Got Me Singing 

click to enlarge You Got Me Singing - (2016, Eight Foot Records)
  • You Got Me Singing(2016, Eight Foot Records)

The cover image is immediately recognizable—it’s a recreation of Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home LP cover featuring Amanda Palmer, her infant son, and her father posing in the same room in Albert and Sally Grossman’s Woodstock home where the 1965 Dylan cover was photographed. This is an unexpected 12-track release from the eccentric queen of punk cabaret and her sire, a collection of folk, blues, and contemporary covers that are kept sparse primarily using acoustic strings and keys. The two splendidly harmonize on a lullaby by the Simon sisters, Carly and Lucy, called “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” (check out the fun YouTube video) and again on Phil Ochs’s doom ditty, “In the Heat of the Summer.”

Hudson resident Amanda delivers a sweetly earnest rendition of Melanie’s “Again” and an impassioned version of Sinead O’Connor’s anthem of police brutality, “Black Boys on Mopeds.” A noble interpretation of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” spotlights the father-daughter call and response over spirited piano. To perfectly close the recording is Noah Britton’s simple yet poignant “I Love You So Much,” and a hankie warning for this track cannot be stressed enough. Even father and daughter choke up as they affirm their love for each other in tender, fragile voices. Considering that the two were recently united after a strained relationship of many years, it’s understandable and delightful to hear a family reconciled through song. Amandapalmer.net.

Speaking of CD Review

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Soul Clap at BSP Kingston

    Dance the night away with DJ Jonathan Toubin's groovy tunes at BSP Kingston on February 13th at 10 pm.
    • Feb 1, 2016
  • Making the Cut: Decora

    A more serious and committed Hudson Valley musical figure than Decora does not come to mind. Everything the 32-year-old does and says comes with a breathtaking level of locked-down, unwaveringly intense focus.
    • Nov 1, 2015

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch
  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

    The Moonlights, a debut musical collaboration for families, is making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro.
    • Mar 20, 2017
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Sharon Nichols

Hudson Valley Tweets