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4.0 out of 5 stars
Welcome Back Mari, 28 Sep 2008
Mari picks up were she left off on 2005's Dolled Up with a renewed sparkle that is refreshing to hear from an artist who has recently become thankfully much more prolific on the recording front after almost 30 years in the business.
This breezy collection opens with a big brassy number letting every man know that this zesty lady still has what it takes, as anyone who has seen her live will testify - if you haven't make sure you check out her tour schedule!
The It Girl keeps the pace with a fizzy tribute to one very British supermodel while The Loneliest Road changes tack but has a fantastic melody that after a few listens embeds itself into your brain.
A dramatic epic of a song is Killing Time about a woman waiting home for her husband well into the early hours and torturing herself wondering what he's up to or who he is with.
The great thing about Mari is that she has dusted herself down and updated her material for a contemporary audience while still retaining her uniquely warm style.Only Human is a perfect example of this,listen carefully to the 'Let's Go' on the introduction!
Fans of melody and harmonies will love the beautifully sunny arrangements that simply make you feel good.You can hear the smile in her voice even when she is at her most wistful.
Moving In has a definite country twang which compliments its witty lyrics questioning a girls thoughts about her gentlemens intentions.
Me And My Baby would make a perfect single with just a little more ooomph in the production - it's so catchy and optimistic.
Right For You is Mari convincing herself that her ex-partner has finally found the right girl while Forever Young is a delightfully knowing song about growing older and trying to hold onto youth with a gentle send up of Madonna's Vogue:
'Jayne,Lana,Judy,Joan,They had talent and hormones'.Another favourite that makes you smile- who else would acknowledge Agnes Moorehead in their lyrics?
The wonderful 'Hits and Misses' and 'Perhap's' rounds off this spangly new collection perfectly for all those 21st century Doris Day's out there.
And there are a lot of us!