Picks and Pans Review: St. Vincent's Court
Maybe there’s something going around, since Carnes, a young Californian, has a touch of gravel in her voice too. In Carnes’ case, though, there’s some substance. She has written, with husband Dave Ellingson, such tunes as You’re a Part of Me (recorded by Rita Coolidge), Love Comes from Unexpected Places (Streisand) and You Turn My World Around (Sinatra). Here she demonstrates a pleasant rock-pop vocal drive on her own It Hurts So Bad and some wry Randy Newmanesque turns on Skeptical Shuffle (“I’m skeptical of banana trees/’Cause they sway too much in the tropic breeze”). For reasons having something to do with mood setting, her press agent sent reviewers a bottle of wine along with this LP. The record is sturdy, unpretentious, has a good ear and should travel well. The wine is lousy.