Heartbeats Accelerating

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Heartbeat Accelerating
Studio album by Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Released 1990
Recorded 1989-1990
Genre Folk
Length 42:33
Label Private Music
Producer Pierre Marchand
Kate and Anna McGarrigle chronology
Love Over and Over
(1983)
Heartbeats Accelerating
(1990)
Matapédia
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B) link
Los Angeles Times (favorable) link
New York Times (favorable) link

Heartbeats Accelerating is a 1990 album by the late Kate and Anna McGarrigle. It was their first album in seven years, after Love Over and Over in 1983, and received favourable reviews from many music critics.

Bill Dillon, Pierre Marchand, Joel Zifkin and Kate's son Rufus Wainwright appear as guest musicians.

The title track was covered by Linda Ronstadt, on her 1993 album Winter Light and became a worldwide hit. Issued as a single, Ronstadt's version of the song reached the Top 30 at Adult Contemporary radio as well as #112 Bubbling Under in the United States, and peaked at #17 in Canada. It was also successful in several other countries including Australia.

The song "I Eat Dinner (When the Hunger's Gone)" was covered in 2004 by Kate's son Rufus Wainwright along with Dido for the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and it appears on the soundtrack album.

Cœur de pirate covered the album's title track on the soundtrack album for the fifth season of the television drama series Trauma.

Track listing[edit]

Songwriting credits for each track are listed below.

  1. "Heartbeats Accelerating" – 3:38 - Anna McGarrigle
  2. "I Eat Dinner (When the Hunger's Gone)" – 4:54 - Kate McGarrigle
  3. "Rainbow Ride" – 4:38 - Anna McGarrigle/Philippe Tatartcheff
  4. "Mother Mother" – 4:20 - Kate McGarrigle
  5. "Love Is" – 4:40 - Kate McGarrigle/Anna McGarrigle/Jane McGarrigle
  6. "DJ Serenade" – 4:10 - Philippe Tatartcheff
  7. "I'm Losing You" – 3:49 - Kate McGarrigle
  8. "Hit and Run Love" – 4:08 - Anna McGarrigle
  9. "Leave Me Be" – 5:17 - Kate McGarrigle/Anna McGarrigle
  10. "St. James Hospital (Cowboy's Lament)" – 2:59 - trad., arr. Doc Watson

Personnel[edit]

  • Anna McGarrigle - Vocals, Keyboards, Drum (5).
  • Kate McGarrigle - Vocals, Accordion, Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Keyboards.
  • Yves Gigon - Drums (1,3,9), Percussion (3,5).
  • Daniel Gigon - Bass (1,3).
  • Michael Breen - Guitar (1,2,7).
  • Joel Zifkin - Violin (1,7,9).
  • Pierre Marchand - Keyboards, Accordion, Vocals (7).
  • Bill Dillon - Guitars (2,3,4,5,6,9).
  • Michel Dupirre - Percussion (3,9).
  • Jason Lang - Guitars (4,8).
  • Marc Langis - Bass (3,6).
  • Norman Barsalo - Bass (5).
  • Richard Mischook - Guitar (6,8).
  • Rufus Wainwright - Vocals (7).
  • Pat Donaldson - Bass and Guitar (9).