Music Reviews

posted: February 25, 2009

Rebecca Pidgeon – Behind the Velvet Curtain Behind the Velvet Curtain, Songs From the Motion Picture Redbelt

Great American Music CD
Rebecca Pidgeon – Behind the Velvet Curtain

I usually like to make fun of female vocal records in the pages of TONE, but when I find something a little bit different and tasty, I’m the first to admit it.  I hope Ms. Pidgeon won’t mind being put in the very tasty column.

If you have enjoyed the last couple of records by Madeline Peyroux, you will love Behind the Velvet Curtain.  Produced by the legendary Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell) and mastered by equally legendary Bernie Grundman, this record defines dreamy sound.  Slip this one in the CD player, grab an adult beverage and relax.

Pidgeon’s voice just floats in and out of the huge soundstage that this disc offers up.  Accompanied by Larry Klein on bass and Dean Parks on guitar, this disc is a treat. The whole record has a samba-like character to it and Pidgeon’s talent as a singer/songwriter is easily the match of her acting skills.  The only clunker on the disc is her rendition of “Wouldn’t it be Nice” by the Beach Boys, but perhaps I’m being harsh as I’m not a Beach Boys fan.  In deference to Pidgeon, I thought the songs she wrote were much stronger. If you are looking for a new, enchanting disc of female vocals, put this one at the top of your list.