"These are gorgeous, string-rich arrangements, and Griffith's performance is compelling. Never the most polished chanteuse, she radiates earnestness, the once-chirrupy voice given a mellow timbre by the years." Paul Taylor
This CD for Nancy Griffith is the most eclectic grouping of wonderfully written and sung 'torch' songs( A torch song is a sentimental love song, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited or lost love)Wikipedia. She borrows from others, adds her own, and the marvelous 'Blue Moon" orchestra provides the sound that shows these
songs are beautifully written and the production restrained, with piano, acoustic guitar and, of course, strings which together makes this album 'one for the ages'. She laments lost love, night cabarets and waiting for 'the one to come along'.
Three of these songs are by Tom Waits, the cover song, 'Ruby's Arms, 'Grapefruit Moon' and 'Please Call me Baby'. Jimmy Webb and Irish singer Donal Longh each have a song, and the best, the very best song,
'In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning' is sung with the just the right tone and rhythm and sound. Frank Sinatra would be pleased. 'Late Night At Grande Hotel', Nanci's own song, sums up the feeling of wanting and need and good-bye.
Paul Taylor in his review gave me a laugh, but how true his remarks are; "Grown men will turn to blancmange at first hearing of Griffith's lushly-orchestrated version of the break-up ballad, Ruby's Arms. "
Highly, highly recommended. prisrob 11/24/06