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Let It Be Roberta - Roberta Flack Sings The Beatles
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When I read in The New York Times that she was working on this album, I was filed with anticipation. Working with some of the best material in the past fifty years, I was contemplating a double or even a triple album! But what a disappointment this is! It seems as though the pull towards MOR and Pop (which I guess started in the Killing Me Softly album) has taken her over. "In My Life" and "Hey Jude" highlight a Bubblegum sound which here seems to have overcome her wonderful voice. "Jude" is a light, happy sort of song of no consequence. And with nothing even approaching "Nah-Nah-Nah-Na-Na-Na-Nah, Nah-Na-Na-Na, Heyyyyyy Jude" final three minutes of the Beatles' Opus, it sounds here like the song ended in the middle.
"Let it Be" opens with the words,"when I find myself in times of trouble..." But it sounds like Roberta has never seen a troubling day. It makes me long for the voice that wailed "Jesse come home, there's a hole in the bed"?). Like "We Can Work It Out", another deep and soulful song, in this version totally lacking any depth or emotion. Ditto "The Long and Winding Road": another tug-at-the-heart-strings kinda song. Sadly, she fails to tug on anything in this elevator-music version. It makes one realize how emoting McCartney actually was back in the day.
Save the money. Better yet, invest in her first three or four albums.
These tracks are stunning, seriously. Roberta breathes new life into these Beatles classics and makes them all her own. First single, We Can Work It Out is fantastic, but In My Life is hands-down my favorite. This is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day!
This album isn't going to make new fans of anyone for Roberta Flack or The Beatles but it may cost them some. I'd encourage you to listen to the samples carefully before you buy this.
First impression is that although some of the arrangements are challenging in ways that I'm not taken with initially, when I consider the musicians involved and what it's about I learn to appreciate it; I become educated. It's not that I'm being a Beatle snob about it, rather at first listen I feel some difficulty with some choices for which I blame on the production mainly, that is the producer. I don't always like the imprint of the producer on her musicianship, and also the background voices at times. Sometimes I selfishly only want to hear her voice and no one elses, as one who is a Babs fanatic would want. I don't want anything clouding my ability to hear the purity and honest integrity of her voice and heart. However, the work required to create this recording is apparent, it's a lot of hard work and time to get this result. I certainly couldn't do what she does without being completely consumed and devoted to it 24/7 and I doubt I would get such successful results. I'm not disappointed, I just have to work a little to understand some of her choices, and that's a good thing too because it brings more dimension to the listener's appreciation than simply digesting something without having to even chew it to savor it. That's the sign that differentiates it from pop music to art. I felt the very same way at first with some Beatle records on my first listening. Curious, the parallel.
As the album plays through its entirety, I understand the breadth of style and expression she undertook with the whole project and those first impressions that didn't grab me at first become more coherent and enjoyable.Read more ›
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I loved the older music of Roberta. this doesn't seem like her style. was rather disappointed. Gave it to my younger brother who loves itPublished 3 months ago by Donna M. Dunn
... great songs and great artist doesn't necessarily equate to a great album ... aptly titled --- "let it be roberta" !!!Published 5 months ago by benjieandcookieandcurlie
From the opening "groans" of "In My Life" I was a little worried. I think I see what Roberta and the producer were trying to get at, but I don't think it really... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carl Christensen
so disappointed in this cd. i was expecting her beautiful vocals to come shinning through and instead, once again, a legend i guess, ends up to someone telling her to make it for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by blue
I wanted to buy a Roberta Flack CD but I didn't check to see which one. While Roberta Flack has one of the most beautiful and sensual voices of her generation, this concept doesn't... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sylviastel