MUSIC: Birdsongs

An actress named Pidgeon makes a CD called The Raven

When actors become singers, the results can be as painful to experience as a dental appointment with a meat packer who moonlights as an orthodontist. Actress Rebecca Pidgeon (who starred in the plays Speed-the-Plow and Oleanna off-Broadway) has released her first U.S. album, The Raven. Her husband David Mamet (who is the author of the plays Speed-the-Plow and Oleanna) wrote or co- wrote lyrics to five of the CD's songs with her. All of this suggests an unlistenable vanity project.

Not even close. The Raven is a slight album, but the material has a consistent sweetness. Pidgeon's voice is light and...

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