Linda Ronstadt / Ann Savoy
Adieu False Heart
First Appeared in The Music Box, July 2006, Volume 13, #7
Written by John Metzger
Adieu False Heart, the first full-length collaboration between Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy, is a continuation of the work that they did on the Grammy-nominated set Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music. Although the duo avoids using their new endeavor to make any overt political statements, it is impossible to avoid putting the pieces of popular culture together in a way that transforms Adieu False Heart into something greater than it initially appears to be.
It all began in 2004 when Ronstadt famously was booted from the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas simply because she had dedicated a song in her set to film maker Michael Moore. Savoy, on the other hand, has forged a rather successful career for herself by bringing traditional Cajun fare to the masses. As a result, whenever Ronstadt and Savoy sing songs about lost love — as they do throughout Adieu False Heart — the thought that immediately springs to mind is that are remembering the city of New Orleans and paying their respects to those who perished in Hurricane Katrina’s devastating aftermath.
The music concocted by Ronstadt and Savoy’s stellar backing band — which includes mandolinist Sam Bush; bass player Byron House; guitarists Sam Broussard; Chas Justus, and Joel Savoy; accordionist Dirk Powell; and string players Andrea Zonn, Stuart Duncan, and Krista Wilkinson — treads lightly, and it gently underscores the sorrowful reflection that is inherent in Adieu False Heart’s material. Throughout the effort, Ronstadt and Savoy take turns singing lead as they mix Cajun fare with songs penned by the likes of Bill Monroe, Julie Miller, and Richard Thompson before concluding with an utterly graceful rendition of The Left Banke’s Walk Away Renee. Nevertheless, it’s whenever they blend their voices in perfect harmony that Adieu False Heart truly comes alive. Aching but lovely and filled with a sense of longing for something that likely never again will be the same, Adieu False Heart says more about the state of life in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi than any of the soundbites that the politicians have spouted. ½
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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