Actress Emmy Rossum Can Sing – ‘Sentimental Journey’ CD Review…
Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013
I already knew Emmy Rossum could sing…I fell in love with her song, “Slow Me Down“ a while back when it was released in 2007. Around that time, I mostly viewed her as Kurt Russell’s daughter in the movie, ‘Poseidon.’
Fast-forward to today and Rossum is part of the Showtime comedy-drama hit, Shameless, and she has recently released a new album titled ‘Sentimental Journey.’
‘Sentimental Journey’ is a collection of classic covers torn from the pages of ‘the American Songbook.’ For Rossum, the album is a ‘passion project.’ Each song is meant to represent a particular month in the year. The CD makes heavy use of instruments. You hear the big brass band accompaniments, the tickling of the ivories, banjo playing, and percussion intros.
Overall, I think the largely upbeat CD will have great appeal to lovers of show tunes, the theater, period music (from the 40s, 50s and 60s), and Broadway. They can purchase the CD on iTunes or Amazon. As for me, I’ve only heard about one of these songs before (and I’m pretty well-rounded), so it was a little hard for me to make a real connection to the album since this isn’t the usual genre of music I gravitate towards. If there was just a bit more familiarity, I probably could appreciate the song choices more. For example, the original ‘Sentimental Journey‘ was first released in 1944, and another song on the album, (I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time,” dates back to 1920.
Rossum can sing; there is no doubt about that, and ‘Sentimental Journey’ highlights her range and ability to voice a variety of musical styles. Personally, the choice of songs just weren’t my cup of tea.
A few thoughts regarding the CD:
- ‘The Object of My Affection‘ reminds me of the Andrew Sisters.
- ‘Many Tears Ago‘ is a catchy, jazzy tune that got my shoulders shaking. I will listen to this one again.
- ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out’ is a cool, bluesy number.
Regarding Rossum’s acting career, I’d like to mention that she will star alongside Emma Thompson and Viola Davis in the upcoming feature film, Beautiful Creatures, which comes to theaters on February 13th – I CANNOT wait to see this movie.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Emmy Rossum’s CD to facilitate my review in conjunction with an One2One Network campaign. By posting, I am eligible for incentives, but all of my opinions are 100% my own.