Sing You Sinners
Erin McKeown's music has often had an old-timey feel, like she's
performing songs from the glory days of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley songwriters.
But her newest CD, Sing You Sinners, marks the first time that she actually
is performing music largely from that era. Except for a single original composition,
McKeown turns herself over to music from the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.
With songwriters like Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Fats Waller represented, and standards
like "Get Happy" and "Paper Moon" in the song list, McKeown has quite a solid list of music
to work with. And she does a marvelous job matching her material. Her performances and arrangements
are generally sprightly and fun--and snappy, since more than half of the album's songs clock in
roughly around the two minute mark.
Although she approaches many of these songs with a sound not dissimilar to how past albums have
sounded, she does dip further into jazz than in the past. "Rhode Island Is Famous For You," for
example, is quite the swing number and album closer "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" is a brooding crooner.
If you're a fan of Erin McKeown, adding this album to your CD collection is a no-brainer. If
you're found McKeown to be not quite your taste in the past, this album might just turn you around.