I recently bought this album through I-tunes, as the song "waiter, waiter" was featured on a radio show i was interviewed for, for my book Lady Liberty: The Definitive Julie London Handbook. The show is called Cocktail Nation at [...].
I was not as familiar with Stacey Kent as I have been with other artists. After hearing Changing Lights, I feel it is a great compilation of standard bossa nova material of Jobim mixed with really interesting, cheeky and fun original numbers. I really love this album and listen to regularly. I will be exploring Stacey's other albums, most hits with an occasional miss. But I feel Changing Lights is a lovely fun album that expresses the playfulness of the 60s well, and has a cocktail, joyous feel.
As a vocalist myself, I feel Stacey has impeccable phrasing and clean diction without the over embellished improv many artists go for today. The album has a clean, polished cool jazz feel. I much prefer artists like Stacey, Julie London, and other cool jazz artists to the school of hot, scat and improv. This album feels breezy and intimate.
I highly recommend it for your collection.