Pros:An eclectic group of musicians giving good performances of great songs.
Cons:Not a good record for use as background noise.
The Bottom Line: To those looking for something a little out of the ordinary, and maybe just a little magical, this isn't a bad record to pick up.
I am probably not qualified to give my opinion on ANYTHING, much less this album which, I have to say, is really quite excellent. I don't know much about Kurt Weill, though if this album is any indication, he was a genius song-writer in his - or any - time.
These songs are selected from apparently a huge list that Kurt wrote over the period of his life as a kind of introduction to the work of the man. These songs range from excerpts of "Three Penny Opera" (A truly haunting Mack The Knife performed by Nick Cave) and other sources. I can't honestly be TOO specific on this topic.
The artists on this album are equally varied in their backgrounds. Ranging From Kurt's wife, Loretta Lenya to the aforementioned Nick Cave, to Lou Reed and Elvis Costello there is probably something here for everyone, (did I mention PJ Harvey?). William S. Burroughs fans also get a little treat.
I can't say much more. Like I say, I am not qualified to really write a review of this, I just really like this album, and I want to share that with the world. It probably has artistic merits and detriments beyond my meager knowledge of the subject, but the fact remains; this is an ENJOYABLE album.
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