Hopeless Romantics

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
It's a shame that songwriter Harry Warren's name is not as well known as some of his contemporaries like Cole Porter or Irving Berlin. For whatever reason, writing dozens of hit songs like "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and winning three Academy Awards wasn't enough to get the name recognition he deserved. Hoping to change that, Michael Feinstein pays tribute to the often-ignored composer on Hopeless Romantics, a collection of Warren songs performed by Feinstein and pianist George Shearing. With both musicians quite familiar with the Warren catalog, Feinstein and Shearing decided to focus their attention specifically on Warren's more romantic songs. Therefore, popular upbeat hits...
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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
It's a shame that songwriter Harry Warren's name is not as well known as some of his contemporaries like Cole Porter or Irving Berlin. For whatever reason, writing dozens of hit songs like "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and winning three Academy Awards wasn't enough to get the name recognition he deserved. Hoping to change that, Michael Feinstein pays tribute to the often-ignored composer on Hopeless Romantics, a collection of Warren songs performed by Feinstein and pianist George Shearing. With both musicians quite familiar with the Warren catalog, Feinstein and Shearing decided to focus their attention specifically on Warren's more romantic songs. Therefore, popular upbeat hits like "Jeepers Creepers" and "Lullaby of Broadway" were set aside in favor of softer tunes like "At Last" and "I Only Have Eyes for You." Of course, this approach is a perfect fit for Feinstein, who has crooned thousands of American standards in his subdued cabaret style. The bonus this time around, though, is to have famed jazz pianist Shearing provide the accompaniment. The pairing works fine, especially when Shearing gets to riff a little on slightly more midtempo songs like "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," but no matter how impeccable and gorgeous Shearing's work is, the album's low-key approach leaves little room for him to shine. Even one of Shearing's most famous snappy songs, "September in the Rain," is reduced to a maudlin ballad. It still works, but the magic of this pairing is something that would be more appreciated in a concert setting where each performer has room to move. As it is, working within the romantic theme and the confines of the studio provides little variety in either tone or tempo. But rising above it all are Warren's songs, and it is beneficial that Feinstein resurrects beautiful yet forgotten tunes like "Shadow Waltz." Of course, Feinstein is pitch-perfect and squeezes every ounce of good sentimentality out of each lyric, much in the way he did on his brilliant 2003 disc, Only One Life: The Songs of Jimmy Webb. This collection, however, is a little too quiet and mannered, but Feinstein and Shearing still do a great service by bringing these tunes back to the forefront. After hearing Hopeless Romantics, the name of Harry Warren should remain imbedded in the listener's memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431215226
  • Catalog Number: 2152
  • Sales rank: 12,209

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Had the Craziest Dream - George Shearing (3:01)
  2. 2 You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me - George Shearing (3:26)
  3. 3 This Heart of Mine - George Shearing (4:23)
  4. 4 At Last - George Shearing (4:01)
  5. 5 I'll String Along with You - George Shearing (4:13)
  6. 6 You're My Everything - George Shearing (4:04)
  7. 7 The More I See You - George Shearing (4:12)
  8. 8 Serenade in Blue - George Shearing (4:37)
  9. 9 I Know Why (And So Do You) - George Shearing (4:37)
  10. 10 September in the Rain - George Shearing (4:11)
  11. 11 Shadow Waltz - George Shearing (3:43)
  12. 12 There Will Never Be Another You - George Shearing (3:19)
  13. 13 I Only Have Eyes for You - George Shearing (4:45)
  14. 14 You'll Never Know - George Shearing (3:52)
  15. 15 You're My Everything - George Shearing (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Feinstein Primary Artist, Vocals
George Shearing Piano
Technical Credits
Michael Feinstein Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
George Shearing Piano Arrangement
Jim Czak Engineer
Al Dubin Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
George Horn Mastering
Harry Warren Composer
Joseph Young Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Mort Dixon Composer
Alexander Becker grooming
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