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She’s been recording music for more than 20 years, but acclaimed singer-songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon had a creative breakthrough as she began working on the album “Slingshot,” her compelling sixth solo effort.
“I reached a point where I felt I had to take it more seriously and really make a 100% commitment to it, instead of saying this is something I do that’s ... Read more in Amazon's Rebecca Pidgeon Store

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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B007D16S2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get Up Get Out
2. Sweet Hand Of Mercy
3. Disintegration Man
4. A Lonely Place
5. Tremble
6. Baby Please Come Home Again
7. Kiss Me
8. Is Anyone?
9. I Still Feel That
10. I Loved No-One
11. Searching For A Heart
12. Slingshot

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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.

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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

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Great songs, great voice...love this album.
Edward
This is the best album I have heard so far in 2012, and I listen to many of the new releases every Tuesday.
Earl
This is a very cool CD... snappy lyrics and a moving sound.
timo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By timo on May 29, 2012
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Rebecca Pidgeon is new to me, but I'm very glad I bumped into her. This is a very cool CD... snappy lyrics and a moving sound. Rebecca has a wonderful clear voice and each song on the CD is different from the rest. There is sort of a quality of being present in the room while Rebecca sings. It's quite nice to be present!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynster on May 24, 2012
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I have owned Raven and New York Girls Club for some time and have always liked Rebecca's voice and writing but this time I feel she has really pulled out all the stops. Perhaps it's the supporting musicians or production but this to me is a fuller and richer sound from her and I really like this new balance. Hence whilst her lyrics still tend to be a little dark, musically I find this album to have a strong, involving and rather pleasant feel overall. There is quite a variety of song styles, driving, happy, serious etc. but every song features good rhythm, structure and melody; no duds. Its one of those rare albums where one can play it right through and rediscover another favourite tune every track. This really is a great CD to simply relax with and listen to many times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken K on October 20, 2012
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Rebecca Pidgeon's latest album is a nice, exciting collection of songs, both fun and touching. Get Up Get Out is a rousing call to action to open the album, Disintegration Man is a new sound for her, mixing in Rock elements. Baby Please Come Home is notable song from her and husband and writer/director David Mamet. I Loved No One is a beautiful and sad song. Get this disk and see her live!
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This, Raven and N.Y. Girls' Club are probably my favorites of her recordings. They all have their strengths and many great songs. This feels like Pidgeon's most polished album, or perhaps her most commercial, putting it another way. That said, it is still Pidgeon in there and there are a lot of terrific songs, including Get Up, Get Out; Slingshot; and my favorite of all of her songs, Searching for a Heart. Let's not forget the cover of Spanish Harlem, which deserves a word. Here, Pidgeon takes an oldie that I never much liked and turns it into a purist's vision of music. As the musicians gradually come in, stepping it up with each phrase, it becomes amazingly appealing. For those who aren't so much in the folkie vein, there is less here than on some very early albums of the type of song that you would never hear anywhere but a folk festival. That is, things that have not one whit of commercial, mass market appeal. You may consider that a good or bad thing, but overall--this has something for everyone.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Earl on April 24, 2012
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The album was good enough on first listen to make me go back and listen to her previous album. I immediately took to the previous one, bought it, and then when I went back to Slingshot, quickly started liking the new one more. Each time I listen, there is a different song that I like most. This is the best album I have heard so far in 2012, and I listen to many of the new releases every Tuesday.
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Loved the variety and her voice. One of the best listening cd's I have bough ton this year. Loved it.
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