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Emmy Rossum
"Sentimental Journey"

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track listing
  • Sentimental Journey
  • The Object Of My Affection
  • I'm Looking Over A
    Four Leaf Clover
  • I'll Be With You In
    Apple Blossom Time
  • These Foolish Things
    (Remind Me Of You)
  • Summer Wind
  • Many Tears Ago
  • All I Do Is Dream Of You
  • Nobody Knows When
    You're Down
    And Out
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Things
  • Pretty Paper
  • Keep Young
    And Beautiful

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    "Sentimental Journey"

    Emmy Rossum is an actress, where she was known for her portrayal of Fiona Gallagher in the TV series Shameless. She is also known for her performance in the 2004 version of Phantom Of The Opera. Other movies she appeared, were in Songcatcher (2000), An American Rhapsody (2001) and Passionada (2002). She received more recognizition in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River. She has other movies to her name, including The Day After Tomorrow (2004).

    In 2007, she began a music career, releasing her debut album, Inside Out. She released a Christmas EP the same year. Her second album, Sentimental Journey was released in 2013, and it reached #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart. This album is a collection of well-known songs from the Big Band/Jazz era. It seems a lot of artists (and actors/actresses) would record albums of this particular style. (Most recently reviewed, Seth McFarlane's No One Ever Tells You)

    "Sentimental Journey" (the classic song) is one of the most recorded and most popular songs of the pre-Rock / Big Band era. And, with Rossum's version, is no exception. It's probably the best (or one of) the best songs on her album.

    Rossum has some sure-catchy tunes here as well: "The Object Of My Affection," "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover." "Many Tears Ago" is another catchy tune, and it has a slight resemblence to another cover tune from this era - David Lee Roth's version of Louis Prima's "Just A Gigolo."

    "These Foolish Things" is pure, old fashioned jazz. The classic "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time" was originally recorded by the Andrews Sisters (from my knowledge), and on Rossum's version she has background singers included, as is just as superior as the Andrews.

    One of the many well-recorded Frank Sinatra tunes was "Summer Wind." Rossum gives her version a more updated turn, as compared to Ol' Blue Eyes. Old Fashioned / New Orleans Jazz gets the treatment (and is done very well) on "All I Do Is Dream Of You" and "Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out."

    Another favorite from the pre-Rock era was Roger Williams' instrumental, "Autumn Leaves." What many may or may not know, is that this song had lyrics, as Rossum sings the lyrics. "Things" is more of an upbeat rock and roll track. "Pretty Paper" sounds more like an early Country song, from the 1950s/1960s Country. The last song, "Young And Beautiful" is a bonus track; an upbeat song, and compared to Liza Minelli.

    There are 12 songs and one bonus track on Emmy Rossum's Sentimental Journey." What is interesting, is the booklet included with the CD. For the first 12 tracks, it references the months of the year. There are pictures of Rossum, representing a common event or holiday for each month. January: "Sentimental Journey," February: "The Object Of My Affection", March: "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover," April: "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time", May: "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)," June: "Summer Wind," July: "Many Tears Ago", August: "All I Do Is Dream Of You," September: "Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out," October: "Autumn Leaves," November: "Things," and December: "Pretty Paper."

    I have to admit, when Billboard represents a #1 Jazz album, the results are outstanding. Emmy Rossum's Sentimental Journey is a great Jazz album. It seems that many artists are recording the great songs of the Big Band era. The results are very overwhelming. Tony Bennett has done it for decades, even though he was a young singer during the actual Big Band era. Many newer artists have taken the opportunity to record these fantastic songs. Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr. started their careers basically singing these crooner tunes. Emmy Rossum's trip down memory lane in Big Band music is quite a journey to listen to. Her style matches these songs very well. This album will be enjoyed by those who are still with us from that Big Band era, as well as younger music fans, either enjoying this kind of music that they already know and love, or especially the younger generation getting to know what great music was, back from the 1940s/early 1950s. Before there was Rock & Roll, there was another source of great music: Big Band, Swing, Jazz, or nowadays they call it "Easy Listening." Easy to listen to, and easy to enjoy. Emmy Rossum's Sentimental Journey is a journey worth travelling, sentimentally as it should be.

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