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A fine CD from "one of the most listenable singers around''
on October 28, 2003
With a voice that oozes sweetness, a touch of sadness and sometimes sexiness, a delicious enunciation, and an easy-going, wonderfully natural way with a melody, Stacey Kent is one of the most listenable singers around. A truly fine interpreter of songs from the Golden Era of American popular music, she's produced a string of high-quality albums, her newest being the finest to date. "The Boy Next Door'' (an appropriate title from a singer who could easily be described as "the girl next door)is a collectyion of songs associated with about a dozen and a half of her "musical heroes'' (Sinatra, Bennett, Sammy Davis, Nat Cole, Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon). It contains Kent's usual pleasurable readings of love songs ("Say It Isn't So, "People Will Say We're in Love,'' "The Boy Next Door'', all right, but she also gives us some of the swingingest stuff she's ever put on record. You'll love the pizzazz she brings to "The Best Is Yet To Come,'' the rousing rendition of "The Trolley Song,'' featuring saxophonist-husband Jim Tomlinson's hip obligatos, the bright, bouncy Dizzy Guillespie-Joe Carroll novelty "Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be,'' and a .....well, HOT "Too Darn Not,'' driven by Colin Oxley's rhythm guitar. Kent's served well by some cool arrangements, including the dramatic slowing of the tempo on the usually upbeat "Makin' Whooppee,'' transforming it from a novelty number to a sensual experience.