The Boy Next Door [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Wrapping her sweet voice around songs by male singers she admires, Stacey Kent delivers another pleasant and low-key album with The Boy Next Door. Kent's tribute choices range from traditional pop (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett) to mainstream jazz instrumentalists (Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie) to the softer side of rock (James Taylor, Simon and -- unmentioned in the liner notes -- Garfunkel). With a gentle conviction akin to early Blossom Dearie without the cheeky flair, the album makes for breezy listening. The 16 tracks don't differ enough in tone, making the album a bit too long, but individual moments of warm, openhearted excellence make it worthwhile. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Wrapping her sweet voice around songs by male singers she admires, Stacey Kent delivers another pleasant and low-key album with The Boy Next Door. Kent's tribute choices range from traditional pop (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett) to mainstream jazz instrumentalists (Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie) to the softer side of rock (James Taylor, Simon and -- unmentioned in the liner notes -- Garfunkel). With a gentle conviction akin to early Blossom Dearie without the cheeky flair, the album makes for breezy listening. The 16 tracks don't differ enough in tone, making the album a bit too long, but individual moments of warm, openhearted excellence make it worthwhile. The sentimentality of "Bookends" or "'Tis Autumn" suit her precious delivery well, while the sly moments of "Makin' Whoopee" feel out of the singer's reach. The bandmembers stay out of the way for the most part, waiting for their solos rather than interacting much with Kent. Drummer Matt Home's light but lively style is especially accommodating and guitarist Colin Oxley's percussive take on "Too Darn Hot" ends up being the album's greatest moment. [A Special Edition of the album was issued in 2008.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Candid Records
  • UPC: 708857999323
  • Catalog Number: 79993
  • Sales rank: 32,413

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stacey Kent Primary Artist, Vocals
Dave Chamberlain Double Bass
Curtis Schwartz Background Vocals
David Newton Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Colin Oxley Guitar
Jim Tomlinson Saxophone, Background Vocals
Matt Home Drums
Technical Credits
Alan Bates Executive Producer
Curtis Schwartz Engineer
Jim Tomlinson Producer
Nieves Pascua-Bates Cover Design
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