Are they ever shipping the vinyl boxset from her official store?
I do wish that her approach was more in line with Julie London or Shirley Horn or Cleo Laine or Dianne Reeves or even early Margaret Whiting, rather than MUST BELT AND PROVE SINGING.
As obviously gifted as she is, there's no kinship to an instrument in her style, nor is there any vulnerability, or wanderlust for the chordal architecture, and it's incredibly weird. There's a different mental shift that requires significant discipline when singing jazz rather than crooning (or entertaining). You know her heart is authentically in it, but it's like coloring outside the lines actually terrifies her, and instead we're left with unintentionally dabbled and self-conscious pastiche. And this isn't said to be cruel. It's really more that as noble as her ambitions with these projects have been, and as admirable and beautiful as her love for her collaborator shines on, she's falling short of her possibility. She's better than what she's delivering.
I'm not asking her to go Betty Carter on shit, and I get wanting to be keep in check so as not to overshadow her partner, but that protective nature is also kind of reductive of what Tony Bennett is doing. Yes, he's singing relatively straight, but there are so many colors in his palette. And (heresy, I know, for wanting her to pursue more jazz) I want her to have the bravery to go to the edge of her comfort zone and realize she has to tell the story, not display the mannerism.
TLDR: "Anything Goes" still haunts me please hjälp. [/jazzjustice]
This is all accurate and well articulated, but isn't this also largely true of... her entire career? I mean, I don't think I've ever experienced nuance or restraint from her, why would it start now? Artifice and performativeness run through everything she does. And, yet, I don't find her performance on the album without charm.
Because that's sort of the responsibility of her role. She's not meshing with the music here – she's on top of it. And it's fine if that's what she's doing, but it sounds jarring when what she's saying she's doing isn't what she's actually doing. (Drag Race meme here)I mean, I don't think I've ever experienced nuance or restraint from her, why would it start now?
Thanks! I'm in the UK so surely they would have shipped everything this week so it charts?I've seen people get theirs but mine was delayed to mid November. I did pick one up from Barnes and Noble though as I realize they have different covers, unsure if they ship to where you live.
I think what would really help the album would've been one of the covers being worked as a radio single, kinda like No Doubt's It's My Life or Lana's Doin' Time. Like, old song yes but reworked for current playlists and radio.