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Stacey Kent – Dreamsville (2001)

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Stacey Kent – Dreamsville (2001)

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01. I've Got a Crush On You    [0:04:43.52]
02. When Your Lover Has Gone    [0:04:35.28]
03. Isn't It a Pity    [0:05:34.35]
04. You Are There    [0:02:27.27]	`	play
05. Under a Blanket of Blue    [0:04:03.38]
06. Dreamsville    [0:05:35.45]
07. Polka Dots & Moonbeams    [0:04:34.42]
08. Hushabye Mountain    [0:02:38.35]	play
09. Little Girl Blue    [0:05:38.48]
10. You're Looking At Me    [0:04:31.65]
11. Violets For Your Furs    [0:05:44.50]
12. Thanks For The Memory    [0:04:12.52]

Personnel: 
Stacey Kent (vocals); 
Jim Tomlinson (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet); 
David Newton (piano); 
Colin Oxley (guitar); 
Simon Thorpe (bass); 
Jasper Kviberg (drums).

 

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. --- David R. Adler, allmusic.com

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