"It wasn't Monet, it was France;
It's not what we say
But the dance we're in;
There lies the mysterious glue
In this set of songs I sing to you" ~ Art Garfunkel ~
As someone who grew up with the standards from my late parents' collection playing over and over at our musical household as sung by Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Cole, Vaughan, Martin, Bennett, Clooney, Day, London, Stafford, among many others, I totally welcome and embrace new interpretations by contemporary artists done in the most beautiful recordings with splendid vocals and sublime arrangements. This album fits that description to a T.
So it's only natural for me to love this "comeback album" of timeless standards by Art Garfunkel, "Some Enchanted Evening." And these are some great reasons.
Firstly, I have admired the music of Simon and Garfunkel in the past - "The Sound of Silence," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Mrs. Robinson," to mention a few. When the duo went separate ways, I remained a fan of Art Garfunkel having loved some of his hit songs such as "Disney Girls," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Since I Don't Have You," "It's All In The Game" and "Crying In The Rain," an awesome duet with another talented singer/guitarist/songwriter James Taylor.
Secondly, how can I not love the songs in the repertoire when these are everlasting favorites of mine? These are the most appealing works of brilliant tunesmiths and lyricists such as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Johnny Mercer, among others. Many thanks Mr. Garfunkel and everyone involved in this incredibly beautiful album of classic standards with such contemporary approach. Let there be a follow-up album of this kind. (Paging Richard Perry and Lauren Wild!).
Thirdly, with its sublimely remarkable arrangements and instrumentations from the finest musicians in the recording scene, the likes of Steve Gadd (drums), Dean Parks, Randy Kerber, Lee Thornburg, Bobby Ginsberg and Frank Simes (guitars), Mike Thompson and Alex Navarro (piano and keyboards), Bob Glaub (synth strings), Nick Sample (bass), Doug Webb (clarinet and flute), Chris Smith (harmonica), Maia Sharp (sax), Michael Montilla (percussion) as well as Mr. Garfunkel's perfect-in-every-way interpretations, this album will truly win not only your ears but also your heart. Mr. Garfunkel has not lost the luster of his voice with the passage of time. The gorgeousness of this album flows freely and smoothly from the first track "I Remember You" to the last "If I Loved You" making each rendition a showcase of his enchanting and heartwarming vocal style. "Someone To Watch Over Me" is stunning. "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" is absolutely beautiful. "What'll I Do?" is poignant and moving. "I'm Glad There Is You" is so charming. "It Could Happen To You" is inspiring. "Let's Fall In Love" is so lovable. "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" is outstanding. "Life Is But A Dream" is pensive and features producer Richard Perry on bass vocals. And the title track "Some Enchanted Evening" is enthralling. I've never heard this ditty sang in a totally different rhythm. It's so beautiful!
Lastly, it's an enchantingly perfect addition to your collection of ageless standards.
So deserving of *****TEN STARS*****rating! With my heartfelt recommendation for your listening pleasure always and forever.
"In this album, I confess I am under the sway of two magnificent singers, Chet Baker and Johnny Mathis." ~ Art Garfunkel ~