Album Name: Behind the Blue
Artist: Bob & Wendy
Year/Label: 2002 / Independent
Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
In the notes that came with this CD it was labeled Americana and alt.country, which is kind of a turn off for me. I don’t normally care for that brand of music. So I was hesitant, but I really like this recording! It has a bit of that sound to it, but Wendy Liepman is such a good songwriter and the performances as a whole are fabulous so the genre is really secondary. These are just great songs performed very well.
Wendy has a strong, but soft voice that is comforting and Bob’s cello is a great addition.
One track that seems to stand out is “Still Small Voice”. It’s a catchy, slightly twangy tune with a melody that is hauntingly familiar. Wendy’s voice shines and the simple sounding accompaniment is perfect.
I love the lyrics on “The Bed You Made”:”You will never go to sleep in the bed you made/you just lie, lie, lie.” Actually all these tracks have great lyrics.
I also am partial to “In the Thick of It”. It’s a tad dark and desperate, but it’s beautiful with its dissonant underlying cello.
This is a great record and these songs will stick with you.
Posted on March 20, 2002
Listen to track samples
1. Still Small Voice
2. Bed You Made
3. On Paper
4. That Should Count
5. I Do
7. Latest Flavor
8. In the Thick of It
9. Imagine That
10. Behind the Blue