MANDY PATINKIN

UNCUT - - New Albums - MICHAeL Bon­ner

Di­ary: Jan­uary 27, 2018 NONE­SUCH 7/10 First al­bum in 16 years from Home­land star

From Na­tional Se­cu­rity to The Na­tional’s ar­ranger, this is the first col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum be­tween Patinkin and com­poser/pro­ducer Thomas Bartlett. A re­spected Sond­heim in­ter­preter, Patinkin brings low-key Broad­way read­ings to this col­lec­tion of songs by Randy New­man, Loudon and Ru­fus Wain­wright and oth­ers. The record­ings – for the most part, just voice and pi­ano – are spa­cious, al­low­ing Patinkin room to roam. Mostly, he priv­i­leges a strain of melan­cho­lia: “There’ll be enough time for sex and drugs in Heaven, my love,” he sings rue­fully on Mag­netic Fields’ “Time Enough For Rock­ing When We’re Old”. His ver­sion of Bolan’s “Life’s A Gas”, mean­while, is de­liv­ered as a sear­ing lament: “I could have loved you, girl, like a planet.”

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