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All Music Guide - 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2001
  • Label: Candid Records
  • UPC: 708857977529
  • Catalog Number: 79775
  • Sales rank: 10,090

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stacey Kent Primary Artist, Vocals
Simon Thorpe Bass
Jim Tomlinson Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Alan Bates Executive Producer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Curtis Schwartz Engineer
Marty Symes Composer
Stacey Kent Arranger
Jim Tomlinson Arranger, Producer
Robert M. Sherman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I can listen to Stacey 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ...

    ''Isn't it a pity?'' That on this side of the Atlantic, Stacey Kent is nowhere as well known as say, Diana Krall. I discovered this voice of angel in Shanghai, out of all possible places. A friend I was visiting had brought a CD of hers (The tender trap) back from Paris. Now I am intoxicated by her ''Polka dots and moonbeams''...

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