by Martine McCutcheon


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After a successful spell treading the boards as Eliza Doolittle on London's West End, an album of classic show tunes seemed a fairly natural move for Martine McCutcheon. Ever since she first broke into the charts with Perfect Moment in 1999, she demonstrated that she was far more influenced by the likes of Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand than she was Madonna and Janet Jackson. There's been a glut of these kinds of albums over the last few years, from Rod Stewart and Robbie Williams to Westlife. McCutcheon clearly has a great fondness for the material here, and she has a big, expressive voice, but unfortunately the pedestrian arrangements on this album render it another dull and unsatisfying effort. Also, the choice of material ranges from predictable ("White Christmas," "There Are Worse Things I Could Do") to bizarre (Does anyone really need to hear McCutcheon's take on "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from The Lion King?) Some bright spots save the record from being a complete waste of time. "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart" is an enjoyable romp, and a slowed-down take on "The Winner Takes It All" benefits by not attempting to recapture the magic of the original vocal, instead remodeling it as a Celine Dion-esque power ballad. But overall this is a second dud in a row from McCutcheon after the bland "Wishing." If she hopes to recapture the success of her debut, a serious rethink is in order.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2003
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724358054927
catalogNumber: 580549

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martine McCutcheon   Primary Artist
Mae McKenna   Background Vocals
Stephen Hill   Background Vocals
Graham Harvey   Piano
Mike Henry   Background Vocals
Andrew MacKintosh   Alto Saxophone
Steve Pearce   Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Ralph Salmins   Drums
Phil Nicholl   Background Vocals
Mary Carewe   Background Vocals
Anne Skates   Background Vocals
Simon Lee   Conductor
Vicki Simon   Background Vocals
Stephen Weller   Background Vocals
Eliza Lumley   Background Vocals
Louise Claire Marshall   Background Vocals
Janet Mooney   Background Vocals
Andrew Playfoot   Background Vocals
James Spilling   Background Vocals
David Combes   Background Vocals
Emma Kershaw   Background Vocals
Simon Masteron   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Lesley Gore   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Alain Boublil   Composer
David Cullen   Arranger
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Michael Gore   Composer
Charles Hart   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ian Hughes   Arranger
Edward Kleban   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Ann Morfee   Orchestra Leader
Leo Robin   Composer
Robin Sellars   Engineer
J. Neil Sidwell   Arranger
Steve Sidwell   Arranger
Richard Stilgoe   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Nigel Wright   Arranger,Producer
Tim Rice   Composer
Dave Arch   Arranger
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Anne Skates   Vocal Arrangements
Rolf Wilson   Orchestra Leader
Fred Ebb   Composer
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
Lee McCutcheon   Programming
Jean-Marc Natel   Composer
Warren Casey   Composer
Jim Jacobs   Composer
Simon Lee   Arranger,Musical Supervision
Steve Brooker   Arranger
James Hanley   Composer

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