This Kind of Love ranks among Simon's most personal albums as well as one of her most stylistically diverse excursions with songs ranging from gorgeous melodies to driving rhythms. The CD is co-produced by Simon, Frank Filipetti and Jimmy Webb who also wrote or co-wrote most of the arrangements. Filipetti worked his talent as the engineer as well as producer. The three first teamed up for Film Noir, Simon's album of standards that Webb produced in 1997.
The musical inspiration of the CD comes from Simon's fascination with Brazilian music, whose rhythms are subtly infused throughout. Even though she grew up listening to such classic artists as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa, it was Simon's recent discovery of modern-day Brazilian musicians Caetano Veloso and Jorge Ben that made her realize "you don't have to be singing bossa nova or samba to get the essence [of Brazilian music]. There are songs that fit no one rhythm or generic type or song progression."
On This Kind of Love, Simon delivers 10 of her own songs (some of which she co-wrote), including the gently swaying title love song, the funky castigation of conniving celebrity-identity thieves ("People Say A Lot"), the catchy "How Could You Ever Forget" (one of Simon's personal favorites), the r&b-vibed "So Many People," the lyrical gem, "Sangre Dolce," and a waltz-time homage to her close friend, the humor columnist Art Buchwald, who passed in January 2007 ("Too Soon to Say Goodbye").
Webb, who had collaborated with Jobim, contributes a sultry new samba ("Last Samba"), and Simon sings one song each written by her children, Sally Taylor ("When We're Together") and Ben Taylor ("Island"), who also performs on the CD.
Dedicated to Buchwald and Jobim, This Kind of Love features a core band of guitarists Peter Calo (who acted as musical director) and David Saw (co-writer of "How Could You Ever Forget"), bassist Lincoln Goines, drummer Robbie Ameen, and percussionists Cyro Baptista and Ricky Marotta.