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Romantically Helpless

Holly Cole Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. One Trick Pony
2. Romantically Helpless
3. I'll Be Here
4. Ghosts
5. Come Fly With Me
6. Dedicated To The One I Love
7. That Old Black Magic
8. If I Start To Cry
9. Loving You
10. Make It Go Away
11. Don't Fence Me In
12. Same Girl
13. Bonus Track

Product Description

Product Description

2000 album from the jazz/ pop chanteuse, a collection of 12 covers of choice jazz & pop songs. Includes her renditions of Paul Simon's 'One Trick Pony', Randy Newman's 'Ghosts', Sammy Chan & James Van Heusen's 'Come Fly With Me', Ralph Bass & Lowman Pauling's 'Dedicated To The One I Love' and Stephen Sondheim's 'Loving You'. The first single from the album, 'Make It Go Away', is a re-working of a track from her 1997 album 'Dark Dear Heart'. No domestic release has been scheduled and her last four releases were import only. Standard jewelcase.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive taste Oct. 14 2000
Format:Audio CD
As pointed out by many of the other reviewers this CD-album of Holly Cole is one of the best CD's you can buy if you like the fusion between pop (sometimes country) and jazz; as a singer she is one of the best in the genre, there is no doubt about that. I don't want to review every song into depth, but One Trick Pony, Ghosts and Same Girl stand out as wonderful depictions of the original, not strangely enough most reminiscent to the songs she did on Temptation. The accompinament is wonderful, also due to the stunning sound quality. But then there is one thing I was quite surprised about: the total playing time hardly exceeds 43 minutes! I think there is no excuse worthwhile to justify such minimal achievement at the expense of the buyer (this import CD is very expensive)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantically Helpful Nov. 10 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'm procrastinating. Wasting time before I have to do what I have to do so I'm checking out what other people are saying about one of my favourite albums ever. Certainly this is the best Holly Cole album. A perfect blend of her jazz standards and new found love of pop. Her voice has an incredible timbre, perfectly showcase in songs like "one trick pony". Her sense of humour is still strong like in the title number. She more then aptly covers a sondheim song and I could just go on. She sings every song like she wrote it herself. Why is this an import in the States? I don't understand how the music business works but a country denied Holly Cole has some serious issues to deal with!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I started listening to Holly Cole CDs with Don't Smoke In Bed and Blame It On My Youth. I fell in love with this wonderful music and her fabulous voice and style. Then after that I became quite disappointed in her next few CDs and seldom listen to them.
But now, Romantically Helpless has completely satisfied me. This is a great collection and variety of songs by Holly and her band. I feel so good that, in my opinion, she is returning to some of the style that made her earlier CDs so good.
The way that Holly enunciates the words as she sings is really appealing to me. I particularly like the title song, Romantically Helpless. Thanks Holly. You are just wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the good stuff Oct. 17 2000
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Format:Audio CD
How can you not love early Holly Cole? But DEAR DARK HEART and TEMPTATION where interesting, but not my favorites. When I saw this CD online I thought "Oh no, another I-wish-I-were-a-huge-pop-singer CDE." Then I noticed the track listing: Arlen, Porter, Sondheim! and some great Paul Simon and Randy Newman thrown in to mix things up a bit. Finally Holly Cole is back to what she is amazing at. She's good at a lot of things, but she's amazing at reinterpretting classics like no one else. This CD came in the mail and has stayed in my CD player since. No one else is getting air time at my place!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romantically Hopeless Oct. 13 2002
Format:Audio CD
Now don't get me wrong - I love Holly Cole. Having caught her live act and locked much of her catalogue firmly in my CD collection, Holly is always able to take a dose of sultry vamp, add a few comic barbs, a smooth jazzy twist, and make an intoxicating music cocktail. Love, love, love Holly Cole.
BUT something just went wrong with this one.
Having stuck with the jazz format for years, Holly had begun to stray further a field in recent years with Temptation and the simply stellar pop gem, Dear Dark Heart. Having loved her new direction, I couldn't wait to see her take DDH a step further or at least pull it off again.
But with Romantically Hopeless, Holly apparently took over two years to make the record and it shows. Holly's strength has always been taking covers of overlooked songs and making them her own. For some reason here she seems to have lost her inspiration, going back to a lot of stale well-worn jazz standards like Come Fly With Me, Don't Fence Me In, and That Old Black Magic - and doesn't do much with them to make you forget other versions. She even does an unnecessary remake of Make It Go Away from her last album. A couple tracks like If I Start to Cry are standouts but do little to make this one a must buy. Hopefully next time out Holly can regroup and bring back more of the magic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pales by comparison to "Dark Dear Heart" Aug. 31 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was excited when I first found that Holly Cole had (finally) released another album. Her prior "Dark Dear Heart" was excellently executed, so I was anxious to hear "the next phase" in her musical evolution. Unfortunately, she seems to have taken a step backwards. It always makes me wonder when an artist does a cover of a song that she has already recorded. In this case, she covers "Make It Go Away" which was the song from "Dark Dear Heart (DDH)" that garnered much attention for Ms. Cole. On the DDH version, the song is appropriately done as a "solo" as the song is the plaintiff plea from a woman to her lover, seeking relief from a personal burden. On "Romantically Helpless", she covers the same song, but with a swelling chorus of back-up singers (that come perilously close to drowning her out at times). The song loses the personal feel that its author surely intended. Ms. Cole also does two versions of "Romantically Helpless" (only one of which is listed on the jewel case insert). The first involves a heavy-handed synthesizer (also in danger of drowning out Ms. Cole's vocals) while the second version has a light, bouncy instrumental accompaniment, which seems to better fit the song's lyrics and feel. Overall, a good album, but if you don't already have "Dark Dear Heart", I'm confident that you will like it MORE!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its no "Dark Dear Heart"
I don't want to totally trash the CD, but the remake of "Make it go away" didn't work for me, and the song selection took too many risks that didn't pan out. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Just can't get enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another masterpiece from the most gifted artist to ever set foot in a recording studio!!! I can't wait to hear these songs live!
Published on Aug. 29 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Development
All right. So she starts with jazz and pop standards in a trio format. By her third full outing, "Don't Smoke in Bed," she's pretty much perfected that approach. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars New Style, Same Great Voice
Having been a Holly Cole fan for at least 7-8 years now, I am familiar with her older jazzier style, and some die hards will say this swing into pop is no good, but I must... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000 by S. Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars A voice for the ages
This album is as close to perfect as any album Holly Cole has done in the past. Unlike some, I fully enjoy the expanded production values on Cole's newer material, feeling that... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I'm enough of a Holly Cole fanatic to have bought the import version of her new album. Unfortunately, it is by far her weakest album. Read more
Published on July 11 2000 by Kenneth Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars nobody does it better
I first heard this unique artist a few years ago when I found myself with a pair of headphones on in a local record store listening to a collection of Tom Waits tunes she had... Read more
Published on July 9 2000 by ken b parmele
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