Someplace Else Now (CD Reissue)

Lesley Gore

Real Gone Music, 2015

http://www.lesleygore.com

REVIEW BY: David Bowling

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 08/22/2015

Lesley Gore (1946-2015) passed away several months ago at the age of 68. She is best remembered for a series of shiny 1960s pop hits, including the number one “It’s My Party,” “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” “She’s A Fool,” “You Don’t Own Me,” and “Sunshine Rainbows And Lollipops,” which were all issued before the age of 20. The hits ran out during the late 1960s, but Gore’s career lasted until her death.nbtc__dv_250

During the early 1970s, she recorded one album for the Motown subsidiary MoWest Label. Someplace Else Now received little commercial attention and quickly faded away. Now it has been released on CD for the first time and fills in a huge hole in the Lesley Gore legacy.

The album may not be as bright and catchy as her early hits, but it did show growth as an artist. She also wrote or co-wrote all 12 tracks, which gives it a very personal and reflective feel.

“For Me” is an apt song title for the album opener as the pensive lyrics and strings signal a new phase of her career. “Be My Life” and “The Road I Walk” both have gospel influences and find Gore moving away from her pop roots.

Lesley Gore always had a smooth and effortless vocal approach, but “What I Did Wrong” forces her to stretch a bit. She sings with passion and seems connected to the lyrics. Meanwhile, “She Said That” tells a dark story and is very different from just about everything she ever produced.

As with all the Real Gone reissue releases, the liner notes are excellent, providing a complete history of the music. The sound, taken from the original masters, is also crisp and clean. It helps that Motown usually had very good production values.

Someplace Else Now may not be Lesley Gore’s crowning achievement or her most listenable album, but it was a creative leap for her at the time and remains interesting when compared to the rest of her musical output.

Rating: B

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