Carly Simon has joined ex-paramour James Taylor, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell on the roster of Starbucks' Hear Music label. Her first release for the company, "This Kind of Love," will be available April 29.
The 13-track set has a Brazilian-heavy sound, and finds Simon collaborating with Jimmy Webb and Frank Filipetti. That trio was responsible for Simon's 1997 album "Film Noir."
"You don't have to be singing bossa nova or samba to get the essence" of Brazilian music," Simon says. "There are songs that fit no one rhythm or generic type or song progression."
One song each was written by Simon's daughter Sally and son Ben. Among the musicians comprising the studio band are guitarists Peter Calo and David Saw and noted percussionist Cyro Baptista.
"This Kind of Love" is Simon's first album of original material since 2000's "The Bedroom Tapes." Her last two projects have featured standards.
Hear Music, which scored hits last year with McCartney and Mitchell, would seem to be a natural fit for Simon, who has bounced around labels throughout her nearly 40-year career. She most recently recorded for Columbia.
Here is the track list for "This Kind of Love":
"This Kind of Love"
"Hold Out Your Heart"
"People Say A Lot"
"How Could You Ever Forget"
"In My Dreams"
"When We're Together"
"So Many People"
"They Just Want You To Be There"
"Too Soon to Say Goodbye"