Never underestimate actors and actresses. Some of them really ARE multi-talented and I must give Emmy Rossum credit. Girl can act AND sing. Rossum currently stars in the Showtime series Shameless with William H. Macy and alongside Emma Thompson and Viola Davis in the upcoming feature film Beautiful Creatures, which hits theaters on February 13th. Albeit she may not have produced Grammy worthy material with Sentimental Journey, she has perked up my ears and her album does deserve a good thorough listening to.
Sentimental Journey, releasing on January 29th, is a collection of classic covers that takes us through the American Songbook. On Sentimental Journey, the multi-talented actress and singer brings her stellar voice to songs popularized by some of the most beloved artists of the last century.
Emmy’s 12-song ‘passion project’ is an emotional musical journey, with each song representing a month in the year. “Each song needed to either lyrically or emotionally reflect the corresponding month,” Emmy explained. “Some songs were obvious fits, like Summer Wind for June, and Pretty Paper for December. Others songs were less literal fits. I chose Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out) for September because, to me, the plaintive melody and lyric emotionally reflect the cold weather creeping in and the sense of melancholy we can get in the fall months.”
Check out the Sentimental Journey Track Listing below:
“Sentimental Journey” (Les Brown, Ben Homer, Arthur Green)
“The Object Of My Affection” (Pinky Tomlin)
“I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover “(Mort Dixon, Harry M. Woods)
“These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)” (Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey)
“(I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time” (Albert Von Tilzer, Neville Fleeson)
“Summer Wind” (Heinz Meier, Johnny Mercer)
“Many Tears Ago” (Winfield Scott)
“All I Do Is Dream Of You” (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” (Jimmy Cox)
“Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert)
“Things” (Bobby Darin)
“Pretty Paper” (Willie Nelson)
Emmy will performing a track from Sentimental Journey on Access Hollywood Live on January 25th while she will also be appearing as a guest on Conan on January 28th, Chelsea Lately on January 29th, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 6th.
You can order Emmy Rossum’s Sentimental Journey here on Amazon.
So now the all important questions: Would I have purchased this album on my own? No. Would I buy it now that I’ve heard it? Probably not. Would I listen to it if someone gave it to me? Sure!
RATING: ** out of ****
Disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.