Petra Goes to the Movies

Petra Goes to the Movies

by Petra HadenPetra Haden




Petra Haden's one-person, all-vocals take on the Who's album The Who Sell Out was a crazy stunt she completed on a dare, but also a stunning artistic statement that showed what determination and crazy vocal skill could do to a classic album. Turn it inside out and make it small enough to fit in your pocket, basically. A decade later, Haden decided to do the same thing to a collection of her favorite themes from the silver screen. She applied her elastic pipes to the likes of "God's Lonely Man" from Taxi Driver, "Superman Theme," and "Pascal's Waltz" from Big Night, singing the lead melodies but also all the backing parts as well. It's another impressive achievement that sounds better than Sell Out from a technical aspect, thanks to the improved recording facilities and the lack of any of the slight wobbles or occasional pitchy moments. The only thing missing is the sense of spontaneity and slightly wacky joy that was transmitted though her vocals on Sell Out. Here, she is all business and very precise, playing everything straight even when the songs are as playful as "Carlotta's Galop" from or as breezy as "Cool Hand Luke Main Title." It ends up sounding majestic and artistic, where Sell Out sounded giddy and a little silly. The other difference here is that she breaks the all-vocals approach a few times -- singing with backing from pianist Brad Mehldau on a yearning version of "Calling You" from Baghdad Café, with guitarist Bill Frisell on a tender "It Might Be You" from Tootsie, and with Frisell and her father Charlie on "This Is Not America" from The Falcon and the Snowman. While these songs provide a bit of a stylistic break, they sound a little too traditional and somewhat less interesting when compared to the rest of the album. Overall, though, it's another impressive album that shows Haden to be a truly talented singer and vocal arranger, and one that fans of movie music done in a non-traditional fashion should find quite interesting.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2013
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778721924
catalogNumber: 87219

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Petra Haden   Primary Artist,Vocals
Charlie Haden   Bass
Brad Mehldau   Piano

Technical Credits

Nino Rota   Composer
Lalo Schifrin   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Pat Metheny   Composer
John Williams [composer]   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Bernard Herrmann   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Lyle Mays   Composer
Trent Reznor   Composer
Leonard Rosenman   Composer
Atticus Ross   Composer
Petra Haden   Producer
Woody Jackson   Engineer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Robert Telson   Composer
Justin Burnett   Producer,Engineer
Gary DeMichele   Composer
Andrea Morricone   Composer
Trevor Hernandez   Layout
Andy Snavley   Engineer
Marty Brumbach   Engineer
Steven Perilloux   Art Direction

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