Barry Gibb, Brandi Carlile Shine on 'Run to Me'

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2021

Moreover, The Wall Street Journal praises the album, calling it "an endearing new salute to the songs of the pop-giant Bee Gees", while Entertainment Weekly declares, "gorgeous, gospel-inflected, country-kissed". Examine. Folksy pop a la "I Began a Joke"? The heavy breathing baroque of "Words"?

Barry Gibb was on the show promoting his new album. "It's time to do what I love and not what everyone asks me to do'".

The Bee Gees legend leads this week's Official Albums Chart Update with the collection of country reinterpretations of he and his brothers' classic hits, all of which are collaborations with some of the genre's biggest names such as Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John and Brandi Carlile. Each lustrous song's theatrical and trembling tone, once heard in this new, folksy form, seem so instinctually right as as country cut that you'll almost forget the disco and chamber-pop originals. The country lilt of "Greenfields" isn't just in the song's performances, it's in their bones.

It has reimagined 12 songs by the Bee Gees reimagined in country format, featuring the likes of How Can You Mend A Broken Heart and To Love Somebody. It's as loud and clear as a new child child's heartbeat is robust. In the bluesy "Jive Talkin'", he is joined with Miranda Lambert and Jay Buchanan, and his rendition of "How Deep Is Your Love" with Tommy Emanuel and Little Big Town is simply glorious. It's Barry Gibb himself, nonetheless in possession of a stammering falsetto at 74, the place the fortunes and focus of "Greenfields" lie. Crow simmers, however it's Gibb stirring the bittersweet pot. The album closes on a haunting yet soothing note with "Butterfly", where he is joined with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

That doesn't imply that Gibb doesn't ever yield the highlight to his duet companions; removed from it. Carlie and Isbell are the vocal centerpieces of their respective tracks, emboldened by Cobb's sympathetic manufacturing frippery and Gibb's willingness to drag away from a fellow soloist and let his vibrato act as would one other instrument or texture.

Written by Gibb and his brothers Robin and Maurice, "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" was released in 1968 and hit No. 1 in several countries, giving the Bee Gees their first Top 10 hit in the US when it peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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