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5.0 out of 5 stars How we'd like it to be, 21 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Ella (Love Songs) (Audio CD)
Fresh, gentle, elegant - yet knowing. No crass statements of sexuality, no sugary-sweet banalities here. OK, so the lyrics don't quite fit the C21, but boy does that voice blow you away. Beginning with the classic cool of 'Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye' through to the insouciance and wit of 'The Lady Is A Tramp', Ella takes you on a magical journey of refined romanticism.
Heavily reliant on her unsurpassed American Songbook repertoire, this collection is a superior compilation of feel-good, hopeful young love. There is so much competition here. Can she match Sinatra's interpretation of Porter's classic 'I've Got You Under My Skin'? Well it hasn't got his compelling cynical edge, but she gets under your skin in a more beguiling way than Ole Blue Eyes. And what about 'Summertime' to lift the winter blues (with a little help from the magical Armstrong)? It doesn't get more inspired.
And then there is the luscious 'The Way You Look Tonight'. I am sure she is singing to just me! Though i so wish it was me she had in mind when she sings 'You Do Something to Me'. If there is a smoother interpreter of Porter out there I don't know them.There's a great romper here too - 'Get Happy' has just that effect with every play.
But it's in the witty playfulness of these love songs that Ella excels. From being 'Cheek To Cheek' with you she invites you to 'Let's Do It' like all those educated fleas, and what 'They Can't Take Away From Me' is that she never sings off key - you even forget the vibrato. This truly is 'A Fine Romance', but somehow you feel there wouldn't be too many morals with Ella!
There is a mature, welcoming yet vibrant energy to these songs. Ella perfectly captures the expectancy of developing romantic love. Perhaps the only disappointment is 'Stormy Weather' - she sings beautifully but doesn't carry emotional depth. No, it's the hopefulness of those first few months of fresh love she perfectly and somewhat sensually captures. Who said the 50's was an era of innocence? This is how we'd like romance to be!
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