Kim Carnes
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Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter Kim Carnes, endowed by nature with a husky voice a` la Rod Stewart (England), She debuted with Rest on Me (Amos, 1972), a mild-mannered collection of gospel, country and pop numbers, but had to wait three years before she could make albums that were truly her own: Kim Carnes (A&M, 1975) and Sailin' (A&M, 1976), which included her (and her husband Dave Ellingson's) first compositions (You're A Part Of Me on the former, Sailin' and especially Love Comes From Unexpected Places on the latter, which probably remains her best albums). St Vincent's Court (EMI, 1979) displayed a more assured singer (It Hurts So Bad) and Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer (1980), a duet with Rogers, propelled her into the charts. After the mediocre Romance Dance (1980), Carnes and producer Val Garay crafted Mistaken Identity (1981), taking advantage of high-tech production techniques and Bill Cuomo's synthesizers. The album yielded her own Mistaken Identity and Draw Of The Cards, plus an atmospheric Jackie DeShannon ballad, Bette Davis Eyes, set to a cocktail lounge accompaniment and sung in the tone of a fatale chanteuse, which became her biggest hit. Liberated from the stereotypes of country music, Carnes even experimented with hard-rock on Voyeur (1982). Cafe Racers (1983) went unnoticed, but Carnes continued to chart with assorted collaborations Invitation to Dance, Make No Mistake, What About Me). She self-produced Barking at Airplanes (1985), and Crazy In The Night remains her masterpiece: a haunting, eccentric sonic journey given the semblance of a disco ballad. Light House (1986), instead, marked a return to her country roots. View from the House (MCA, 1988), that contains some of her most mature ballads (Brass & Batons), and Checkin' Out the Ghosts (1991) confirmed her newly-found love for Nashville's country music. (Translation by/ Tradotto da Francesco Serini)

La natura ha donato alla cantante/cantautrice Kim Carnes nata a Los Angeles una voce ruvida come quella di Rod Stewart. Debuttò con Rest On Me (Amos, 1972), una collezione ben assortita di gospel, country e pop ma si dovette aspettare tre anni prima che potesse realizzare prodotti in cui dimostrare quello che valeva. Kim Carnes (A&M, 1975) e Sailiní (A&M, 1976) includevano le sue prime composizioni (e del marito Dave Ellingson). Youíre A Part Of Me compariva sul primo album, mentre Sailiní e soprattutto Love Comes From Unexpected Places dal secondo che forse è il suo migliore lavoro. St Vincentís Court (EMI, 1979) mostrò una cantante cresciuta (It Hurts So Bad) mentre Donít Fall In Love With A Dreamer, un duetto con Rogers la catapultò in classifica. Dopo il mediocre Romance Dance (1980) Carnes e il produttore Val Garey realizzarono Mistaken Identity (1981) utilizzando al meglio una produzione tecnica in high-tech e il sintetizzatore di Bill Cuomo. Dallíalbum furono tratti come singoli la title-track e Draw Of The Cards, più una ballata atmosferica di Jackie DeShannon Bette Davis Eyes che grazie a quel cocktail tra accompagnamento lounge e canto a ricalcare quello di una diva fatale, divenne il suo più grande successo. Liberata dagli stereotipi della country music, Carnes sperimentò anche líhard-rock in Voyeur (1982). Cafe Racers (1983) venne snobbato ma lei continuò a vendere grazie ad accorte collaborazioni in Invitation To Dance, Make No Mistake, What About Me. Gli auto prodotti Barking At Airplanes (1985) e Crazy The Night rimangono i suoi capolavori: insieme rappresentano un martellante e sonoro eccentrico viaggio sottoforma di una ballata disco. Light House (1986) invece la riportò alle sonorità country. View From The House (MCA, 1988) contiene alcune delle sue più mature ballate (Brass & Batons), mentre Checkiní Out The Ghosts (1991) testimonia la sua passione recente per la country musica di Nashville.

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