Critics are calling Slingshot, an intoxicatingly adult pop album that explores the intricate arc of love from desire to longing to despair. Rolling Stone calls Pidgeon one of those rare singers who conveys emotion purely... while the Chicago Tribune says Rebecca Pidgeon plays guitar and sings with appealing authority on her new album Slingshot, a stunning gathering of tunes. Other song standouts include the yearning Sweet Hand of Mercy, the electric, driving Disintegration Man, the jazzy, noir-ish A Lonely Place, and the plaintive Baby Please Come Home. Throughout, Pidgeon displays a newfound confidence in her songwriting and her warm, nuanced vocals.
Working primarily with Klein and David Batteau on the kernel of the record, Pidgeon also penned tunes with Timothy Bracy and acclaimed singer/songwriter, Freedy Johnston including the deceptively jaunty, upbeat I Love No One. I loved writing with Freedy, she says. We [both] tend to like stories about being rather bleak. It seems more interesting.
Slingshot includes a co-production between Pidgeon and her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/film director David Mamet. The aching, largely a cappella Baby Please Come Home showcases Pidgeon s vulnerable, intimate vocals.
The lone cover on the set is a stirring, poignant version of Warren Zevon s Searching For A Heart. The chord progression first attracted Pidgeon. Then I was drawn in by the lyrics. It s so enigmatic, she says. It sounds like it s so sparse, but it s so complex. Every time I sing the song, I get something different from what he s talking about. The song recently appeared in an episode of the USA Network TV drama, Covert Affairs, and drew a great response.
Last year Pidgeon performed at Farm Aid alongside Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp; headlined the Wine, Women & Song tour, and toured with acclaimed veteran artist Keb Mo, opening for him during a series of dates at various Performing Arts Centers around the country. Rebecca has also shared stages with such artists as Aimee Mann, Madeleine Peyroux, and Jeffrey Gaines, to name a few.
Uncanny ability to span a wide range of vocal and song styles --Musical Discoveries
Pidgeon favors a delicate vocal style serving her well on gently reflective originals... --All Music Guide
Pidgeon s quirky song writing and warm, burnished vocal tone have won over an impressive roster of supporters... --Daily Variety