Various Artists, The Look Of Love

The Burt Bacharach Collection

by Sarah Zupko

 

You’ve heard dozens of Bacharach songs and may not even know it. From the 1950s to the present, Bacharach has written scores of standards that put him more in the Gershwin and Porter camp than in rock ‘n’ roll. His complex rhythmic structures, inventive melodies, and ingenious chord progressions all contributed to great pop songs that sound deceptively simple on the surface, but always yield more on repeated listenings.

Bacharach’s music is more in the spotlight than ever, following a new album with Elvis Costello, two tribute albums this year, and a television special (One Amazing Night). The Look of Love compiles 75 of Bacharach’s best from 1957 to 1996, as performed in original recordings by a host of well-known Bacharach interpreters, Dionne Warwick chief among them.

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The Look of Love: the Burt Bacharach Collection

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A few songs like Bobby Goldsboro’s “Me Japanese Boy I Love You” have not aged well and personify the easy listening kitsch that Bacharach detractors normally cite. However, many of the songs on Love of Love are dead-on classics (“What The World Needs Now Is Love,” “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me,” “Trains And Boats And Planes”) that will endure alongside the standards of the Tin Pan Alley greats.

The Look of Love: the Burt Bacharach Collection

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