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Stacey Kent

Dreamsville

  • 1 I've Got a Crush on You - Gershwin 4:43
  • 2 When Your Lover Has Gone - Swan 4:35
  • 3 Isn't It a Pity? - Gershwin 5:34
  • 4 You Are There - Frishberg, Mandel 2:27
  • 5 Under a Blanket of Blue - Livingston, Neiburg, Symes 4:03
  • 6 Dreamsville Evans - Livingston, Mancini 5:35
  • 7 Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Burke, VanHeusen 4:34
  • 8 Hushabye Mountain - Sherman 2:38
  • 9 Little Girl Blue Hart - Rodgers 5:38
  • 10 You're Looking at Me - Troup 4:31
  • 11 Violets for Your Furs - Adair, Dennis 5:44
  • 12 Thanks for the Memory - Rainger, Robin 4:12
  • Stacey Kent - vocal
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Nr kat.: CJS79775
Label  : Candid

Review by David R. Adler Vocalist Stacey Kent may or may not be "the greatest ballad singer in half a century," as her PR claims, but her straightforward renditions of these by-request ballads are not at all generic. What makes them consistently delightful is her unique sound and delivery. There's a certain brassiness, a trumpet-like pointedness, in her voice, as well as a host of endearing idiosyncrasies. Listen to her pronounce the word "idea" in George and Ira Gershwin's "Isn't It a Pity?" Or deliver these remarkable lyrics from the same song: "What joys untasted!/You, reading Heine/Me, somewhere in China." And later, "My nights were sour, spent with Schopenhauer." Kent knows how to make every tune fit her own musical persona. Dreamsville includes a number of seldom-heard gems, particularly "You Are There" by Johnny Mandel and Dave Frishberg, "You're Looking at Me" by Bobby Troup, and the ever-stunning title track by Henry Mancini. She also presents perennial favorites like "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Thanks for the Memory" (the latter not exactly a ballad). And although this is Kent's hour all the way, her band provides expert backing and more than a few surprises. The singer's husband, Jim Tomlinson, takes a break from tenor sax to play a sumptuous clarinet solo on "Polka Dots." And in the midst of Rodgers & Hart's "Little Girl Blue," pianist David Newton, bassist Simon Thorpe, and drummer Jasper Kviberg fall away, entering again only after Tomlinson and Colin Oxley perform a hushed tenor/guitar duet chorus.