CD Review: Sarah Pedinotti | Music | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

CD Review: Sarah Pedinotti 

Pedinotti, 2007
  • Pedinotti, 2007

Saratoga Springs songbird Sarah Pedinotti’s exquisite new release often has a latent New Orleans feel and pulse, but regularly goes to other exotic locales as well, skipping across genres like a stone on a still pond. Her literate lyrics live in tunes that are more like mini-movies or cinematic short stories than mere songs, and she’s supported by the illustrious Tony Markellis on bass, Dave Payette on piano, and Chris Carey on drums.

First on the menu, a wiry guitar announces “Train Song,” which sets the tone with its spicy French Quarter feel. “Je Me Souviens de Toi” has Jacque Brel leanings, with a slow-burn, bump-and-grind bridge for flair. The joyful “Romeo Sadface” is catchy and commercial, and holds more hooks then a tackle box. “Julio” has a Springsteen desolate-boardwalk vibe, as does the dark and delicious “Rain-Colored Highway.” Both are equal parts recitation and singing, in a Dr. John or Tom Waits manner. “Margaret and Barbara” features a haunting verse that falls into a hip-hop chorus, “Please Leave Me Be” has country flavors, and the title track, “City Bird,” takes it all home.
With Pedinotti’s impeccable back phrasing, clever production, and amazing arrangements, this release surely raises the bar for regional recordings. One of the best, if not the best local CD in years, it’ll surely make waves far beyond the region.

Tags:

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Common Ground

Oct. 6-Nov. 13 — A photography exhibition by Ellen Lynch. The exhibit pairs separate photographs of...

View all of today's events

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 David Malachowski

  • CD Review: Voodelic

    David Malachowski reviews Voodelic's "Conjure."
    • Jan 26, 2010
  • Amy Laber

    New Paltz based singer/songwriter Amy Laber is making a name for herself and her hypno-folk.
    • Mar 26, 2008
  • Kari Spieler

    The debut album from Poughkeepsie singer/songwriter Kari Spieler.
    • Feb 25, 2008
  • More »

Hudson Valley Tweets