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Cry Like a Rainstorm
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|1. Still Within the Sound of My Voice|
|2. Cry Like A Rainstorm|
|3. All My Life|
|4. I Need You|
|5. Don't Know Much|
|7. Trouble Again|
|8. I Keep It Hid|
|9. So Right, So Wrong|
|11. When Something is Wrong With My Baby|
|12. Goodbye My Friend|
An album that defines virtually everything that is right about adult contemporary pop--and yes, there are a few things--Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind contains lush, orchestrated arrangements of songs by first-rate tunesmiths such as Jimmy Webb, Eric Kaz, Paul Carrack, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, Isaac Hayes and Karla Bonoff. Four cuts, including the Grammy-winning "Don't Know Much", feature duets between Ronstadt (still singing with power and assurance even at the top of her range) and angel-voiced Aaron Neville. Other highlights include "Adios", with multi-tracked background vocals by Brian Wilson, and the title song, which is driven to new heights by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. --Daniel Durchholz
Top Customer Reviews
I decided to just get this album but was worried I wouldn't like the other songs. Actually, it's a well done album all the way through. The songs are all good, most are hit worthy, the musicians playing are top notch and the sound production is very good (although definitely of its time). I gave it 5 stars for these reasons (i.e. there's no reason to deduct stars).
It's not a classic album and not one of my favourite records ever but I can play it all the way through and enjoy it. Linda has a voice that suits all the various styles of music very well. She has had a LOT of hits which deserve to be better remembered today. Most of her hits are covers of other people's songs but her versions usually become just as popular (if not more so). If you like Ronstadt, you'll like this CD. Enjoy!
The album is produced by Peter Asher. There are a number of songs with Aaron Neville, and the two compliment each other well. The big hits from the album with him were "All My Life" and "Don't Know Much". "Adios" was also a solo hit for her. The first track, "Still Within The Sound Of My Voice" is a beautiful ballad with a great arrangement, that shows Linda's strong vocals. The title track is another winner, a great inspirational ballad. Another notable ballad is the album closer "Goodbye My Friend", very poignant and sad at the same time.
Overall a strong album, and good comeback, for Linda Ronstadt with this release.
So great are the songs and singing performances on this album, this may be the most poignant example of bad 80s contamination. Nonetheless, this album gets five stars because, most of the time, it overcomes the problem, and on a few cuts, manages to avert it (maybe someone DID show up in a time machine.) Some of the very best songs are little known. The duets with Aaron Neville are rightfully celebrated--including the hits "Don't Know Much" and "When Something is Wrong with my Baby"--they are wonderful performances.
But this album also represented a comeback/last hurrah for a couple of great songwriters. Jimmy Webb, whose "Easy for You to Say" is one of Ronstadt's best songs, is the writer of four songs to this collection, and all of them are terrific. One of them, "Adios," is a masterpiece, capturing with rich irony and sadness the end of the Southern California dream. The fact that it's not only Linda Ronstadt, the 70s LA queen, but that she's backed by the (then-reclusive) Brian Wilson, the inventor of the Southern California pop scene-- it's all too much! But it dances elegantly on the head of a pin, with a melody that will haunt you.
The other masterpiece on this album is by a writer that Linda Ronstadt has covered previously many times, Eric Kaz's "Cry Like a Rainstorm." This is a really daring cut with a nearly dissonant melody line that gives Ronstadt a chance to open up vocally and emotionally.Read more ›
"Adios" features Brian Wison's background vocals, and is a classic California ballad. "Trouble Again" is a rocker featuring Andrew Gold on 12-string guitar. "So Right, So Wrong" is a gospel rocker penned by Paul Carrack and Nick Lowe. "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" is the final duet with Neville and the most soulful. "Rainstorm"was produced by Peter Asher and is a moving record full of rich harmonies and effective arrangements.
Most recent customer reviews
This CD is great. Linda Ronstadt choice of songs is fantastic. This is one of her best. I would recommend this to everyone.Published 17 months ago by Lois Lane
I owned the tape and loved it but tapes wear out and technology goes out of style. Glad to have it on disk.Published 22 months ago by bratworst
This album of Linda Ronstadt is a wonderful collection. The inclusion of Aaron Neville makes it all the better. Their duets are fantastic. Read morePublished on March 3 2013 by Woodrow R Hewitt
Other reviews on this site have focused on the quality of these songs and Ms. Ronstadt's performance. Read morePublished on March 13 2004
This CD, which was released in 1989, is a great collection of twelve great Linda Ronstadt tunes. As a matter of fact, four of them are duets with the great Aaron Neville, and the... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by Kurt A. Johnson
Linda Ronstadt is still the queen of soft-rock, and this CD has almost all of her best songs. My favorites would be "All My Life" and "Don't Know Much", which... Read morePublished on July 27 2003 by Stewart
i just want to point out that in addition to all the praises this album has duly recieved, the point in "cry like a rainstorm" where she says "its so cold, and the... Read morePublished on June 15 2003
Growing up in the 70's I of course heard Linda Ronstadt singing on the radio, and even as a little kid, I could tell she had an amazing voice. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by D. Hawkins