Maureen McGovern's recording career began in 1972 with her #1 chart-topping, Oscar-winning Gold Record "The Morning After," which earned her a Grammy nomination for "Best New Artist." She replicated this success two years later with another Oscar-winning Gold Record, "We May Never Love Like This Again," then made history in 1975 as the first singer to introduce two Oscar-nominated songs in the same year. To date, her career has spanned thirty-five years, including recordings, concerts, Broadway, films, television, radio and composing. With a voice that defies categorization from a jazzy, warm pop register to a crystalline coloratura she has earned a reputation for being one of America's most popular artists. Now her newest album, A LONG AND WINDING ROAD, finds Maureen reconnecting with the "Baby Boomer" songs that inspired her beginnings as a folk singer in the late 60s. The album features an eclectic mix of classic and evocative tunes from such groundbreaking singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, Paul Simon, Carole King, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Laura Nyro, whose songs comprise, as The New York Times has noted, "the second half of the Great American Songbook." Its an introspective collection thats at once rousing, powerful, and always deeply moving, featuring timeless songs that will speak to music-lovers of all ages.
Sometimes she's very forward such as on These Times are A' Changing but the next song, the Circle Game, in contrast comes across as a poignant, understated meditation on life's gyrations. Her phrasing is beyond reproach with arrangements of mostly introspective contemplation: I don't hear drum machines, no cheesy synthesizers, no over-layered multi-tracked reverb-enhanced vocals. Later in the album, Rocky Raccoon's a re-found revelation because Ms. McGovern treats the song as a story to be told, not made fun of, not bloviated into camp.
This CD treats its subject matter seriously; but that's not the same as singing a death knell for the generation (as one reviewer remarked). There's so much left to be learned...and Maureen McGovern's voice lights the way.
I have had the pleasure of seeing her perform live to promote this album two years ago - it was pure bliss ! Love her and love this album!
These are all songs I grew up hearing. Maureen has a way of telling a touching, so very personal story with each song and making them sound brand new. This is a sit down, relax and do nothing but listen and let the music was over you. I would highly recommend this as a gift giving as well. The only problem with listening to any Maureen McGovern recording is that I ALWAYS want more! WELL DONE MAUREEN MCGOVERN!