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Imaginary Lover

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
New Orleans' answer to Candy Dulfer, Grace Darling surely that's not her real name is both a torch singer and a tenor saxophonist with decidedly middle of the road aspirations. She calls her mix of pop, light jazz, and soft rock "pop gumbo," and Allen Toussaint's typically excellent production does add a decidedly New Orleans flair to the otherwise fairly standard songs. Darling is a very good singer and a not-bad saxophone player -- she's better than Kenny G, which admittedly is not saying much -- but the material is consistently lightweight. Al Kooper's title track has some spunk and grit to it, but the rest of the album sounds like it's trying to be polite and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
New Orleans' answer to Candy Dulfer, Grace Darling surely that's not her real name is both a torch singer and a tenor saxophonist with decidedly middle of the road aspirations. She calls her mix of pop, light jazz, and soft rock "pop gumbo," and Allen Toussaint's typically excellent production does add a decidedly New Orleans flair to the otherwise fairly standard songs. Darling is a very good singer and a not-bad saxophone player -- she's better than Kenny G, which admittedly is not saying much -- but the material is consistently lightweight. Al Kooper's title track has some spunk and grit to it, but the rest of the album sounds like it's trying to be polite and inoffensive, as if Darling and crew made this album specifically to be played as background music in New Orleans-themed chain restaurants. Darling's pop gumbo definitely needs more spice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/1997
  • Label: Nyno
  • UPC: 603343960743
  • Catalog Number: 9607

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grace Darling Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Renard Poché Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Allen Toussaint Synthesizer, Hammond Organ
Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson Drums, Background Vocals
Garland Wilson Drums, Background Vocals
Carl Dennis Background Vocals
Darren Minor Bass, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer
Nick Daniels Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Grace Darling Arranger
Renard Poché Arranger, Producer
Allen Toussaint Producer, Executive Producer
Parker Dinkins Mastering
Sean Tauzier Engineer
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