Friday, September 12, 2008

Music Recommendations: Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie, Oh! Mighty Engine

Rufus Does Judy Oh! Mighty Engine
The two CDs in question this time are Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (wink, wink) by Rufus Wainwright and Oh! Mighty Engine by Neil Halstead. In the first CD, Wainwright faithfully re-creates Judy Garland’s famous 1961 Carnegie Hall Concert, song-by-song. It’s fun, there’s no two ways about it. There are moments on the album that I love especially my favorite track “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart”. However, I find that I haven’t returned to it often after my initial interest. Perhaps again.

The second CD by Halstead, on the other hand, I have listened to pretty faithfully since purchasing it several weeks ago. I’m a sucker for these slow-moving affairs I must admit. If you like what you hear in this video for Queen Bee, then you’ll probably like the album. Favorite track: Witless or Wise with the lyric: “Sturdy and bright, oh, giver of life / Are you witless or wise?”

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