Dear Music Appreciators,
The first time I heard Emmy Rossum sing was in a little movie called SONGCATCHER back in the year 2000. She was cute as a button and every time she sang I got goosebumps. I still think of that movie every time I cross paths with her work.
This is an album of good old fashioned classic songs. The drama kids and the choir kids will eat this up. Many artists have recorded similar albums, but only a select few get it right. With SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY Emmy Rossum gets it right and her album deserves to reach a wide audience
But what it is about these recordings that works so well?
Here’s my guess:
High-quality classical training + God-given talent + love and respect for the material + energy and enthusiasm.
There is also a refreshing absence of what Holden Caulfield might call phoneyness. Even though Emmy is playing dress-up in a bygone era, something about the music feels refreshingly authentic.
Throw in what I imagine was a top-notch production team and twelve straight cases of picking the right song for the right singer and you get a thoroughly enjoyable album that made me sit up and listen.
Eighty-six years after it was written, when the right singer gets a hold of a song like “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover,” it can still make a person perk up and feel a little better about life, and I’ll be darned if I didn’t absently-mindedly press down on that gas pedal just a little too much as I was driving down the street listening to Emmy sing that song. I’m sorry officer, I was listening to Emmy Rossum singing “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” and I guess I got a little carried away…
But I’m afraid if I did get pulled over like that, the cop might not know who Emmy Rossum is, which might mean I’m not getting out of a ticket, which might mean Emmy Rossum isn’t getting the kind of universal adoration she deserves for her remarkable singing ability.