Beautiful Girl: The Essential Barbara Cook On Disc
09 Nov 2013
"As Of Today"
I would not include 1977's "As Of Today" my essentials list — except for one thing. Cook's cover of Janis Ian's "Stars" is worth far more than the price of this otherwise unexciting 1970s adult contemporary pop album. Cook infuses Ian's show-business survival story with so much personal emphasis and heart, it seems as if she'd written herself about her own experiences.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.