Rita Wilson AM/FM
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- Released: May 8, 2012
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Decca
Billboard (p.32) - "Wilson sings all 14 tracks with a capable, if careful, confidence that of course never eclipses any of the originals. She also gets by with considerable help from her friends, including Sheryl Crow and Patti Scialfa..."
- 1.All I Have To Do is Dream
- 2.Never My Love
- 3.Come See About Me
- 4.Angel of the Morning
- 5.Walking In the Rain
- 6.Wichita Lineman
- 8.You Were On My Mind
- 9.Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
- 10.Love Has No Pride
- 11.Please Come To Boston
- 12.Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
- 13.Faithless Love
Audio Mixer: Kyle Lehning.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Loud Recording, Nashville, TN; Stonehill Farm, NJ; The Compound, Nashville, TN; Village Recorders, Santa Monica, CA; Zoomar South Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Steven Sebring.
Long a star of screen and stage, the latter being a showcase for her vocal talents, Rita Wilson launched a music career in 2012 with AM/FM, a collection of pop classics from the '60s and '70s. The concept is clever: half the songs are tunes familiar from heavy rotation on AM stations, half are songs by singer/songwriters who would have been heard on FM stations. The record doesn't quite cleave neatly in two -- some AM tunes are paired up -- but the conceit does give AM/FM thematic range even when the album is pitched firmly in the middle of the road. All the arrangements are sweet and intimate -- even when the tempo picks up, as it does on "You Were on My Mind," no sweat is broken -- and nothing is distracting from Wilson's voice, which perhaps is good as she's not a forceful singer. She takes thing easy, a suitable choice for an album whose primary purpose is sepia-toned nostalgia. Surely this will be appealing for fellow Baby Boomers looking back fondly on the golden age of rock & roll radio, but the question remains, if you're pining for the past wouldn't it just be better to put on the original hits? ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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