Rachael Price: The Trolley Song
The Trolley Song
Rachael Price (vocals)
The Good Hours (Claire Vision Productions)
Rachael Price (vocals),
Warren Wolf (piano, vibes), Erik Privert (bass), David Brophy (drums).
Composed by Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin.
Recorded: Acton, MA and Hendersonville, TN; released September 2008
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Occasionally you get a pleasant surprise in your mailbox. For me, this time it was Rachael Price's new album The Good Hours. Recently I've labored through a plethora of new releases and, in my humble opinion, have found few worthy of comment. But Price's wonderful rendition of the unlikely old movie number "The Trolley Song" made me pause and listen. Maybe I have a soft spot in the memory bank for this song, since it conjures up such joyful images of a more carefree era. Yet beyond the nod to my own personal nostalgia, this 23-year-old Australian can really sing, and stamps her own imprimatur on whatever she attempts. The clarity of her voice, the sensibilities she brings to the song, and her bluesy warmth with just enough slyly delivered vibrato, set her apart from her contemporaries. Warren Wolf's piano flawlessly complements her and adds to this delightful musical experience. Clang, clang, clang went the bell announcing Rachael Price has arrived!
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello