Thursday, June 14, 2007

Surrender - Jane Monheit

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What can I say, I'm in a Jazz Hands Gee mood at the moment. ;-D

It goes without saying that you really need to be a "jazz" fan if you're really going to enjoy this. We're not taking Norah Jones here.

It's an album of two halves really. When belting out standards such as Moon River or A Time For Love, we're in Disney soundtrack land, with schmaltzy strings overpowering Monheit and stifling any sense of her personality.

But on the likes of the title track, Monheit becomes a much more enticing prospect. There's also a strong South American influence on hand, with such tracks as Caminhos Cruzados and So Tinha de Ser Com Voce showing just how good Monheit is. Bright, breezy and sexy...what more could you ask for?

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