Thursday September 24, 2020

The memories of a master melodicist

Anyone Who Had A Heart by Burt Bacharach. Atlantic Books, €18.90. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien.

6th July, 2013
Burt Bacharach at work circa 1970. Photo: Getty


Most musicians are fortunate if they manage to write two or three great songs in the course of their careers. Burt Bacharach, for whom it all looks so easy, has composed at least 60, and I write that as someone who hasn't heard anything near the entirety of his back catalogue.

Bacharach is a bona fide genius. His enchanting brand of sumptuously tuneful MOR has every bit as strong a claim to be the sound of...

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