Confessions

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Early in 2010, Liza Minnelli appeared in Sex and the City 2, and placed two songs on its soundtrack: a cover of Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and the Cole Porter classic "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye." Fans quickly began salivating for the album (announced as Confessions), of standards both old and new, perhaps featuring an Usher cover for the title track or something even more ambitious from a neo-cabaret act like La Roux. The result, however, is an old-school vocal album, featuring 14 standards of the pre-rock variety. Minnelli explained her woodshedding process for Confessions by talking about dinner parties where, after a few hours, guests inevitably ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Early in 2010, Liza Minnelli appeared in Sex and the City 2, and placed two songs on its soundtrack: a cover of Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and the Cole Porter classic "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye." Fans quickly began salivating for the album (announced as Confessions), of standards both old and new, perhaps featuring an Usher cover for the title track or something even more ambitious from a neo-cabaret act like La Roux. The result, however, is an old-school vocal album, featuring 14 standards of the pre-rock variety. Minnelli explained her woodshedding process for Confessions by talking about dinner parties where, after a few hours, guests inevitably congregate around the piano with drinks in hand and end the night singing the songs they all know by heart. She and producer Bruce Roberts achieve this level of intimacy. Her first non-cast, non-live album in 15 years, it features no orchestra, no whirlwind arrangements, and surprisingly, no show-stoppers -- just a small group led by her longtime accompanist, pianist Billy Stritch (and quite a few songs include only Stritch's accompaniment). The opener is the title track, originally from The Band Wagon, a witty apology for good behavior that fits Minnelli's persona perfectly. ("I never had a taste for wine, now isn't that a sin?/I never had a taste for wine, for wine can't compare with gin.") "You Fascinate Me So" and "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" are taken with the small group, a sympathetic band that accentuates the intended warmth. Throughout, Minnelli ably deflates the usual criticisms of an aging voice, turning her occasional weaknesses into interpretive strengths, smiling her way through the frailties.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 602527394398
  • Catalog Number: 001432102
  • Sales rank: 8,754

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Liza Minnelli Primary Artist
Billy Stritch Piano
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Peggy Lee Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Billy Stritch Arranger
Bruce Roberts Arranger, Producer, Vocal Producer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Arthur Schwartz Composer
David Tobocman Arranger, Engineer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ted Shapiro Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Bernice Petkere Composer
Fanny Gotschall Art Direction
Rock Brynner Liner Notes
Peter Stengaard Vocal Producer
James Campbell Composer
Chris Roberts Executive Producer
Marshall Barer Composer
Francis J. Burke Composer
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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Liza takes a turn for the better!

    This album has a piano bar, jazz bar feel. It's filled with wonderful standards. No belting out showtunes here but a great change of pace for Miss Minnelli. I would recommend this album to Minnelli's fans and fans of wonderful lyrics and melodies.

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