Famous Blue Raincoat

Jennifer Warnes, Famous Blue Raincoat

Jennifer Warnes, Famous Blue Raincoat

Jennifer Warnes is a singer of many talents, with a superb voice and decent range, and the ability to transcend many different genres of popular music. Most of us were introduced to her following the release of her country-inflected hit song Right Time of the Night. Other hits followed, often linked to film soundtracks, including It Goes Like it Goes from Norma Rae, Up Where We Belongfrom An Officer and a Gentleman and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing.

This album, released in 1987, is very different from all that. Covering a series of Leonard Cohen compositions, the feel is introspective and intelligent. That Warnes could interpret Joan of Arc as well as Up Where We Belong at their respective levels speaks well of her flexibility and ability to interpret.

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