Between Yesterday and Tomorrow

Ute Lemper

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Between Yesterday and Tomorrow Review

by Charity Stafford

Originally released in 2008 in Europe, this is an American edition that adds an extra track. Although Ute Lemper first made her name in the German art-song tradition exemplified by Kurt Weill, BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW is her first album of entirely self-penned songs. With influences ranging from Weill and one-time collaborator Elvis Costello to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Buckley, Lemper has created a sometimes prickly song cycle of tunes that tend to the grim. Highlights include the September 11 reverie "September Mourn" and the even darker "Ghosts of Berlin."

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