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2.0 out of 5 stars Marketing fad...useless rehash with little emotion., 13 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Viva Duets (Audio CD)
Mr Anthony Dominic Benedetto has just released "another duets " collection.
While the previous two installments clocked above one hour, this is above half an hour of much of the same, in English and Spanish, the language of his occasional partners.
Overall, I'm not sure what to make of this album.
Bennett's voice shows increasing signs of age here, even if his interpretive skills are good throughout, nevertheless it "doesn't always blend that well with, say, the breathy R&B-inflected tenor of Romeo Santos, the gravelly Ricardo Arjona or the hammy delivery of Vincente Fernandez, who joins him on a ranchero-flavoured version of the Dean Martin hit Return To Me".
Some duets work, others don't, and I can't help but feel that many guests simply aren't suited to Tony Bennett's musical backing and the way he does his songs.
The track list shows no novelty: we have been hearing those songs from Tony over and over again, even on his previous Duets.
I have no idea who would listen to this.
The overall feeling is that there is "no feeling" at all, it's a sterile, useless re-hash in the currennt marketing fad.
Mr Bennett has done much better than that. This, actually, is the lowest point of his bizarre career.
I keep enjoying his The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings, Art of Romance, and The Art Of Excellence.
At his highest point, nobody bought his stuff, and now, at his lowest - and with help of his sons, Danny,the manager, and Dae, the sound engineer of his latest outings - he goes on top of Billboard charts...
But in all honesty, I agree with what Kurt B. Reighley writes: "More so than its predecessors, the third installment in Bennett's "Duets" franchise seems like an exercise in commerce, not art.
The 86 year-old jazz icon teams with a dozen Latin crossover stars, but rather than explore material that might follow this conceit to a logical -- and interesting -- conclusion, the program mostly rehashes songs and arrangements previously showcased on the first two "Duets" sets.
There's no bandoneon, no "Bésame Mucho."
The vocal performances display the chemistry fans expect -- when Marc Anthony turns up the heat on "For Once in My Life," Bennett follows suit -- but otherwise "Viva Duets" feels lifeless".

The Art Of Excellence
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