"Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" is a seriously well-known album released in 1989 by American singer Linda Ronstadt. The album was produced by Peter Asher and included cooperations with various artists, including Aaron Neville. The album integrates various genres such as rock, pop, R&B, and soul, showcasing Ronstadt's capability to adapt and excel in numerous musical styles. The album delighted in both business and important success, earning three Grammy Awards and multiple gold and platinum certifications.
Background and Recording
Following the success of her previous albums, "What's New", "Lush Life", and "For Sentimental Reasons", Linda Ronstadt selected to deal with producer Peter Asher for a fourth time on "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind". Ronstadt, with Asher's guidance, selected tunes and artists that recorded a large range of feelings and designs to highlight her amazing vocal range and flexibility. This consisted of tunes composed by significant songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, Karla Bonoff, and Elvis Costello.
The partnership with Aaron Neville, a soulful and emotive R&B singer, showed to be a strong option, as their voices mixed completely on 4 duets featured on the album. The lavish production and sophisticated plans were brought to life by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, providing elegance and depth to the tracks.
Track Listing and Musical Style
"Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" includes 12 tracks that demonstrate a broad range of musical designs, from psychological ballads to uptempo pop/rock numbers. The album opens with "Still Within the Sound of My Voice", which showcases Ronstadt's powerful vocals and emotive interpretation. This is followed by the first of the 4 duets with Neville, "Cry Like a Rainstorm", setting the phase for their vibrant and memorable cooperation on the album.
Other standout tracks include "I Keep It Hid", a haunting ballad penned by Jimmy Webb, "Adios", a poignant and reflective tune by Karla Bonoff, and "Don't Know Much", the iconic duet with Aaron Neville that became a timeless hit. The album also contains 2 songs written by Elvis Costello, "Shattered" and "The Comedians", which reflect Costello's hallmark lyrical density and wit.
Industrial Success and Critical Reception
Upon its release, "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" got widespread crucial acclaim, with numerous praising Ronstadt's vocal expertise and psychological depth. The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart and spent over 40 weeks on the chart, driven in part by the success of the songs, particularly "Don't Know Much" which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The album has been licensed multi-platinum in both the United States and Canada, selling more than 3 million copies in overall. The collaboration with Aaron Neville helped gather three Grammy Awards: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Don't Know Much", Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Cry Like a Rainstorm", and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male for "Howl Like the Wind".
"Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" is often regarded as among Linda Ronstadt's finest works, showcasing her exceptional voice and genre-defying skills. Her partnership with Aaron Neville is an influential moment in her profession, bringing together two iconic voices in ideal consistency. The album stays a testament to her ever-evolving artistry, solidifying her status as one of the greatest singers in the music market.
Artist: Linda Ronstadt
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