Thursday, October 20, 2005

Burt Bacharach: "Streety"

I admit it proudly: I like the songs of Burt Bacharach. A lot. Not in a campy way, and not in a "guilty pleasure" sort of way. I simply like the songs. Pop music doesn't get better than Dionne Warwick's recordings of the songs he wrote with Hal David. Hell, I even went to Radio City Music Hall to see his joint appearance with Elvis Costello, and I really liked the album they did together.

But there is just so much wrong with this story. Let's begin, shall we?
It could be just what the world needs now--Burt Bacharach writing lyrics. The legendary, 77-year-old composer has found his voice in a politically charged album "At This Time" that features his first lyrics ever in a nearly 50-year career creating some of pop music's best-known love songs.

When the phrases "Burt Bacharach" and "politically charged" come so near to one another, well, birds do not suddenly appear, if you get my drift.
"You could say, 'How does a guy who has written love songs his entire life suddenly decide to rock the boat?"' Bacharach says about the album that will be released internationally on October 24, with a U.S. release on November 1.

"I had to do it. This is very personal to me," he said of his first solo album in 15 years.

Challenged by his producer to take risks, Bacharach responded with songs set to hip-hop beats with lyrics, co-written with Tonio K., expressing nostalgia over bygone days and frustration with U.S. political leaders.

OK, I'll grant him the political frustration--I mean, anyone who had a heart would surely know. But when Bacharach goes hip-hop, I might have to just walk on by. Still, a man with that much musical experience didn't go overboard in this direction, right?
Rap impresario Dr. Dre provided some drum loops.

"It's very streety, as streety as I can make it," Bacharach said about the hip-hop influence.

Uh oh. I think we all need to say a little prayer, because I just don't know what to do with myself.

8 comments:

Talley said...

"nostalgia over bygone days "

eww--a 77-year-old guy whining about how the "old days were better"? Talk about a cliche!

"Challenged by his producer to take risks,"
And I think some producers should just shut up.

Jay Jordan said...

Streety Burt should be his new rap mantra...

Will said...

In the article Bacharach laments that he was never political.
"Leading my own life in my own insulated world." Well, Burt, just because you stuck your head in the sand all these years doesn't mean you have to now take a political stand by punishing the rest of us with bad lyrics. But maybe a good hip-hop beat will save the song. I know you got to get your new set of kids through college, but I probably won't buy your record. I was never crazy about your music anyway.

MsYvone said...

Those who enjoy Burt Bacharach's New Streety Albumn, may also enjoy Ethel Merman's Discon Album

God Is My Codependent said...

I actually have the record, MsYvone, and I think your recommendation may be the cruelest thing ever posted on the internet.

Jim Donahue said...

>>I was never crazy about your music anyway.

POP-MUSIC HERESY!

Will, we need to talk...

MsYvone said...

Dear God ( Is my Co-dependent )

I also own Ethel Merman's Disco Album. I sing loud and proud with it. Do you know all the words to "Old Fashioned Wedding? I'm an Indian too? Can you mermanize your entire conversations?

I will also sing God Bless America Merman style at every Seventh inning stretch at Braves games.

And those of you that don't like it, well, you havent lived.

Grammarian said...

There was a movie with Nathan Lane as a child talent agent. One of his clients was a pre-teen Merman imitator that they called The Mermanator.

"An Old-Fashioned Wedding" was written for the 1966 revival. I'd stick with "Who Do You Love, I Hope," the song from the original it replaced.

The Braves? Do you wash your hands when you use the restroom?