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"Rock Me Sweet" is Barbara's third album, and represents a new avenue of musical exploration for her as well as for the audience. It has a profound beauty that is at times sweet, at times sorrowful, and at other times playful and seductive. It can console, and evoke nostalgia. Enhancing her performance are the arrangements of warm strings, simmering percussion, plaintive horns, and piquant keyboards. It's a lush setting that perfectly complements the tales contained therein of toxic love, self-imprisonment, liberation, broken dreams and hope.
Earl Rose arranged the music, conducted the orchestra and helped give the recording a refined musicality that recalls some of the classic jazz-pop albums. Barbara recalls, "Driving up to Capitol Studios and have a parking space with my name on it was pretty incredible. I was even using the same mike as Frank and sitting on the same stool. I grew up idolizing so many of the artists who had recorded in that same room."
Barbara is putting together a revue-style show based on "Rock Me Sweet and its relation to her own life and career. She will be performing at the Metropolitan Room on October 22nd and 28th. "I've always wanted to do a cabaret-jazz-pop type of show," she says. "It will be a blending of the songs' lyrics with some of my experiences that are pretty much universal, such as dealing with the loss of love, feeling alone in a crowd, looking back to a happier past, and enjoying hard-won freedom."
Listening to this richly layered CD will reward not only those who first loved these songs in their original form, but anyone willing to open their minds and hearts to the stories that Barbara has made her own.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments