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Futures Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Import
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Now that so many of Burt Bacharach's solo albums seem like collections of pop standards, 'Futures' has more conceptual unity, and looks forward to the melancholia which was brought to flower decades later with Elvis Costello on 'Painted from Memory'. Many of the lyrics deal with bitter heartache, frustration and wistful introspection, matched by harmonies and rhythms that have fewer of the hooks and aural sweeteners we might have expected from Burt. Even with the rich orchestration and careful use of rock textures, this is powerful mood music for quiet contemplation.
The disc does has some joyful romance and engaging up beat moments; 'When You Bring Your Sweet Love to Me' stands out, vividly evoking hollywood seen from the hills at night; but the highlight for me is the funky instrumental title track which has all the delicate qualities of some of Bacharach's most fascinating rhythmic experiments (like 'Pacific Coast Highway', or 'Freefall').
This album will be mostly of interest to Bacharach's keener fans, who will certainly be fascinated to hear this darker moment in his career captured. It's a mature set of songs, which like all of Bacharach's studio work, repay close listening, but not a good buy for those who want a collection of 60's chart toppers.
It is a departure from albums like "Reach Out" and "Living Together". But it is "solid Burt" all the way through! I shuffle this album in with the other two albums I mentioned in my playlist and its a wonderful ride through some great, relaxing music that stirs the soul. I swear this man can lower my blood pressure to 60 beats per minute!
...can you tell I'm a Burt fan? You can't go wrong with "Futures"!
I have tried many, many times to resurrect this album and to grant it a place next to the really good stuff. As of today, I have failed, yet again. There is just not enough good stuff here to recommend it. However, Bacharach has written enough of such a high quality, that the bad stuff hardly matters.
Bacharach did not write a superb album again until his Elvis Costello cd which is as close to masterpiece status as you will find. Since Elvis, there has been little to praise among his newer efforts. He, however, continues to be a performer of rare and powerful appeal.
If I had the opportunity to rate Bacharach's work between 1963 and 1973, I would give it five stars and pluck a few more stars from the sky--that's how good that decade was for Burt and for us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew of this album before, one of, in my opinion, Bacharach's best works, but was unable to find it, until I looked on Amazon. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Carol Daniell
Burt Bacharach Futures, released in 1977, light years ahead of its' time.
11 Tracks. Each one a Masterpiece.
A labour of love. Read more
One of his best in my opinion. A must for any fan. Matured version of previous style and hits of 60's. Fine soulful vocals as well as instrumentals. Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by Sam Harrison