After watching Liza's tragic performance on Oprah the other day, I was scared of what Liza was going to sound like on her first non-cast studio album since 1996. And, well, it sounds like it was recorded just after "Gently". She sounds shockingly good; throaty and controlled. Her voice was tailored for these kind of songs, as they let her wrap her smoky register around them, and never once demanding her to reach a note she could only have dreamed of hitting in recent years.
The selection is interesting. The title track is a relatively unknown song called, well, "Confession", which I had only heard performed by Mabel Mercer. It's a witty track, and it sounds like it could have been written for Liza: "I always go to bed at ten, isn't that a bore? I always go to bed at ten, and then I go home at four". Just magic. She gives a suprisingly good deliverance of Sinatra's "All the Way", and an absolutely different perspective on "At Last". "On Such a Night Like This", she pays a small homage to her mother, and "Remind Me" is equally as enchanting. "Confessions" finds Liza sounding better than she has in years, and I was quite frankly pleasantly surprised by how great she sounded.
This should be an obvious clue to Liza, that this is the kind of material she should be performing, instead of embarrassing herself by singing songs her voice can no longer handle (the Oprah performance being perfect proof of that). But she will, with almost certain guarantee, go back to perform "Cabaret" and "New York, New York" once again...and again.