Season for Romance

Season for Romance

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by Lee Ann Womack
     
 

On a set of mostly seasonal standards, Lee Ann Womack goes deeper into the fully orchestrated pop of her recent albums, further distancing herself from the country chanteuse she once was. In keeping with its title, the beautiful The Season for Romance is replete with lush string arrangements and dreamy orchestral arrangements worthy of Nelson Riddle or GordonSee more details below

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On a set of mostly seasonal standards, Lee Ann Womack goes deeper into the fully orchestrated pop of her recent albums, further distancing herself from the country chanteuse she once was. In keeping with its title, the beautiful The Season for Romance is replete with lush string arrangements and dreamy orchestral arrangements worthy of Nelson Riddle or Gordon Jenkins. Womack's version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" is a marvel of reinvention, as its layered strings and evocative woodwinds buttress her torchy reading. A small combo with strings cooks up a cozy, easygoing shuffle for her blues-inflected take on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," but a medley of "Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland" gets a big, brassy, Billy May–style arrangement as Womack swings the lyric gracefully while investing it with a chipper attitude. Harry Connick Jr. joins the festivities on a sensuous, swirling version of "Baby It's Cold Outside," on which the artists' frisky repartee is anything but cold -- there's heat here, low key and warm, well worthy of a return engagement somewhere down the line. Rich and mellifluous, the pop-blues of "Forever Christmas Eve" offers a dollop of wishful thinking about time standing still at a moment of perfect bliss. And in the season for romance, what better way to sign off than with a big-hearted, classic pop treatment of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," Frank Loesser's philosophical exhortation to go for it when the pheromones kick in. Short and sweet, The Season for Romance gets its message across in memorable fashion.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Cardinal rule number one for introducing new holiday songs amidst a sea of newly arranged classics: Make them compelling! No doubt she hopes that listeners will slow dance to the title track of her first holiday offering, but, despite its sweet sentiment, it's one of the handful of bland tracks amidst many that are far more interesting. The most unique choice Lee Ann Womack makes is moving away from her comfy country roots and doing a traditional jazz/big band-flavored party for the season at hand. Her wry duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Harry Connick, Jr. is fully of sultry cool and sassy personality -- qualities the disc's other ballads could use more of. The medley of "Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland" is rendered in a classic '50s crooner fashion, with rising splashes of horn section complementing her lush vocals. That same tenderness serves her well on a sparse, folksy arrangement of "Silent Night," a mood she balances with sassy swingers like "The Man With the Bag." Even if there's some unevenness here, the disc in general lives up to its title concept.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2002
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008817028927
catalogNumber:
170289

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Ann Womack   Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb   Horn,Saxophone
Rob Mounsey   Piano,Conductor
Marilyn Baker   Performing Ensemble
Elizabeth Wilson   Performing Ensemble
John Acosta   Performing Ensemble
Rick Baptist   Horn
Mari Tsumura   Performing Ensemble
Dennis Budimir   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Darius Campo   Performing Ensemble
Jon Clarke   Performing Ensemble
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Performing Ensemble
Joel Derouin   Performing Ensemble
Yvette Devereaux   Performing Ensemble
Chuck Domanico   Upright Bass
Assa Drori   Performing Ensemble
Ernest Ehrhardt   Performing Ensemble
Charles Everett   Performing Ensemble
Robert Findley   Horn
Armen Garabedian   Performing Ensemble
Berj Garabedian   Performing Ensemble
Pamela Goldsmith   Performing Ensemble
George Graham   Horn
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Patricia Johnson   Performing Ensemble
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals
Peter Kent   Performing Ensemble
Valarie King   Performing Ensemble
Charles Loper   Horn
Joe Meyer   Performing Ensemble
Dennis Molchan   Performing Ensemble
Jorge Moraga   Performing Ensemble
Linda Rose   Performing Ensemble
James Ross   Performing Ensemble
Harry Shirinian   Performing Ensemble
Sheridon Stokes   Performing Ensemble
Arturo Velasco   Horn
Brad Warnaar   Performing Ensemble
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Evan Wilson   Performing Ensemble
Shari Zippert   Performing Ensemble
Gayle Levant   Performing Ensemble
Leslie Woodbury   Performing Ensemble
Brice Martin   Performing Ensemble
Fred Selden   Horn
Tom Boyd   Performing Ensemble
Suzie Katayama   Performing Ensemble
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron   Horn
Denyse Buffman   Performing Ensemble
Norman Ludwin   Performing Ensemble
Jennifer Munday   Performing Ensemble
George Bohanon   Horn
Christopher Hanulik   Performing Ensemble
Steven Edelman   Performing Ensemble
John Mitchell   Horn
Donald Waldrop   Horn
Raymond Tischer   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Rob Mounsey   String Arrangements
Mel Tormé   Composer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Robert Wells   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
Katie Gillon   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer

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