on June 29, 2005
Emilie-Claire Barlow's Like a Lover is a terrific collection that showcases the Canadian songstress's simultaneously breezy and thoroughly in-control voice beautifully and also captures her ability to scat and swing like a true jazz pro. Although her voice sometimes calls to mind the stylings of Blossom Dearie, Emilie-Claire's voice is utterly unique and it seems unfair to compare her to anyone, particularly because Dearie's straightforwardly distinctive style only speaks to one aspect of Emilie's vocal musings. Most of these tracks really showcase her virtuosity and highlight her confidence as she navigates seamlessly between Jobim's So Danco Samba, the Gerschwins' Someone to Watch Over Me and my personal favourite on the disc, On the Sunny Side of the Street. The Things We Did Last Summer is also a real gem.
Keep your eye on Emilie-Claire Barlow--here's hoping that she can benefit commercially from the trailblazing females performing in the jazz idiom today such as Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and Jane Monheit. Like a Lover suggests she could join their ranks without missing a beat!
on June 30, 2005
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of E-C stuff, and I'm not biased because we're old schoolmates. I like to think that I have a broad interest in music, usually finding interest in many types. Jazz I didn't have much knowledge of until I heard E-C was a Jazz singer. Knowing her opened my eyes to a new genre of music. Hearing her did even more. She's really good, and this most recent CD reflects that her hands are more into the process of creating the music, and she's expanding her abilities as a musician each time she gets on stage. Check her out live, you won't be disappointed!! Go to