I didn't set out to review Over With You, Forbert's fourteenth studio recording and first since 2009's truly disappointing The Place and The Time, expecting Alive On Arrival (the NEW DYLAN debut, 1978), or its heralded follow-up Jackrabbit Slim (Romeo's Tune), or even 1988's something-of-a-comeback Streets of This Town. No, I just wanted to hear what the guy was up to in 2012 and now, sadly, I have to say, not very much.
If this is, as the PR bold-facedly exclaims, the disc upon which Forbert stakes his claim as a great American songwriter, well Bacharach/David, Dylan, Gershwin, Joni, Nyro, Paul Simon, Jerome Kern, Smokey Robinson, Lucinda, Prine, Bruce, etc. have absolutely nothing to fret. This sloooooooow motion journey into heart might feature guest musicians and a faint glimpse of Forbert's past lyrical playfulness ("I have nothing to change but the seven letters of your name") but *Over With You* is, save for Baby I Know, Don't Look Down, Pollyanna and perhaps Sugarcane Plum Fairy, a tedious and moribund affair.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
Website design by David N. Pyles