Greta Gertler | The Baby that Brought Bad Weather

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The Baby that Brought Bad Weather

by Greta Gertler

"One of those hoped for revelations that all to infrequently emerge from the never-ending pile of new releases" (Vin Scelsa, WFUV) "An album of timeless songcraft in the classic pop tradition but with a magic that transcends the genre." Irwin Chusid, WFMU
Genre: Pop: Baroque Pop
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1. Everyone Wants to Adore You
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2. The Ring
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3. Patience
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4. It's Getting Harder
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5. Damian
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6. Pocketful of Change
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7. Mercurial Ways
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8. Manhood
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9. Cameo
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10. Unless You Say Sorry
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11. Blues (on the Road)
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12. Sit Down Disco
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13. Track #13
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14. Carried Away
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15. Fireworks
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Widely praised for its lush production and impeccable songwriting, plus performances by over thirty local New York musicians, "The Baby That Brought Bad Weather" is an incredible sonic journey and the most extensively orchestrated album recorded and produced by Greta Gertler, with co-production/engineering by the brilliant Noah Simon. Songs "Patience" and "Everyone Wants to Adore You" have gone on to win songwriting competitions, and have been placed on several film and television soundtracks recently.

Recent press (Aug. 2003)
VIN SCELSA - WFUV:
Greta Gertler is from Australia, by way of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she has lived and worked for the past few years. Her debut album, "The Baby That Brought Bad Weather" (self released), is one of those hoped for revelations that all too infrequently emerge from the never-ending pile of new releases. From Kirsty MacColl-ish pop to blue jazz smoke-filled urban ballads of love and loss, Greta promises to be an exciting new fixture on the New York music scene.

THE NEW YORKER - Pop Notes:
Greta Gertler, an Australian expat who now lives in Brooklyn. She has a spacious voice and a welcome weakness for lushly orchestrated seventies-era singer-songwriter pop.

TIME OUT NEW YORK - Sara Marcus:
Greta Gertler is a classically trained composer who penned the 2000 hit "Blow Up the Pokies" for the Whitlams, a friend's band in her native Australia, before relocating to New York to try her luck as a writer of top-ten songs. The fateful switch from rarified art-music to populist
tunefulness was a wise one; Gertler's solo debut, The Baby That Brought Bad Weather, is an impeccably orchestrated album of buoyant '70s-style pop.
Thanks in part to coproducer Noah Simon, the influence of classic soul music suffuses this record, from the rich vibrato of Gertler's electric piano to the elaborate brass and string arrangements. The strongest tracks are jaunty and lilting, plumped up with horn sections and shuffling drums. The trumpet flourishes on "It's Getting Harder" sound as if they could have been on the Stevie Wonder fake-book circa "Sir Duke." The album's crown jewel, "Pocketful of Change," has a lopsided 5/4 rhythm anchored by crashing jazz drums; as strings wail and an accordion chuffs in the background, the song's verses would be right at home being performed by an avant-chamber ensemble, but the bridge is pure Sgt. Pepper, with a blues guitar solo that somehow fits right in.
Fans of The Baby's lush textures can take heart in the knowledge that at least a dozen of the album's 30-plus backup musicians - including a full rhythm section and the classical Carpentier String Quartet - will be joining Gertler onstage at this week's record release show."

HEADLINER MAGAZINE (RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL) - Sights and Sounds - New Cool Discs:
"Once in a while a voice comes along that really makes you sit up and take notice. Australian born New Yorker Greta Gertler is such a voice. Her new album, "The Baby That Brought Bad Weather", is a sonic revelation and a lyrical treat." - John Rhodes


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Martin Cohen

Finally a singer/songwriter who can sing and write songs!
A remarkable achievement!

This CD is a collection of sophisticated songs performed by very skilled and talented artists and musicians.

Each song has it’s own unique message and sentiment, clearly expressed and beautifully presented. The melodies, harmonies and rhythms are fresh and inspiring and leave the listener wanting more and more.

Ms Gertler is a exceptional songwriter with much to say. The songs ooze sumptuous style and raw energy and highlights include the emotive MERCURIAL WAYS and UNLESS YOU SAY SORRY which draws the listener in to Ms Gertler’s very personal and passionate world.

A must have in any decent CD collection!!!! 11 out of 10!!!!!

Dan G

Words can't describe...but really, who needs them?
I've had the album for quite a while now and it still surprises me and makes me say "wow". I've also been meaning to review it for a while, but haven't found the right things to say. For every similie or adjective you can give the music, the opposite can also fit. The songs are all at once fresh and summery as well as fire-place cosy and familiar. I couldn't pick a favourite, or a specific highlight, and I don't think I really want to. The whole album is a top collection of shiny, beautiful songs from start to finish.

Paul Wolf-National Paul Radio-NY NY

The delightfully sensuous sound of an artist coming of age!
A sterling debut of timeless intelligent song craft that shapes an indelible imprint. Gertler charges her music with her singular vocal charm and warmth while uniting the beguiling melodies with lyrical intimacy and passionate arrangments. Featuring the grand and elequent sweep of a multi textured production alongside an inspried ensemble cast, Producer Noah Simon and Gertler have delivered an unquestionable cause for celebration. This Baby is the sound of a classic. Let us welcome her arrival.

Charlie

Is it magic?
Greta's music is so beautiful it makes you cry. I listened to it when I was very sick and it made me feel better at once. Could be magic. There are so many wonderful melodies, you never get bored listening to this CD. And the instruments differ and are quite extraordinary. And oh, what a sweet healing voice. I always feel like a friend is singing to me when I listen to Greta.

Helena

Great feel-good songs, great voice
I like this album a lot! The songs are really great and they put you in a good mood. Greta Gertler has an amazing voice. When I moved a while ago, I was packing all of my CD's into cartons, this was one of the CD's I didn't pack until the last minute.