A Wonderful World
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Never mind the project's odd couple, "He's got a girlfriend; so does she" marketing shuck. A Wonderful World is a musical love affair in all its splendour. Produced by the seemingly chameleonic producer T Bone Burnett (who previously revived traditional bluegrass with spectacular success on O Brother, Where Art Thou?), the septuagenarian legend Tony Bennett and his unlikely contemporary foil KD Lang affectionately court a dozen songs from the Louis Armstrong repertoire with the warmth and natural grace that have been a deceptively effortless Bennett trademark for 50-plus years.
The pair kick proceedings off with a playful, irony-free "Exactly Like You", then perform a tender vocal waltz across both the ages and the masterful, sympathetic orchestrations of the late Peter Matz, one of Bennett's longtime collaborators. But it's on the more melancholy performances, like "If We Never Meet Again", "I'm Confessin'" and the Armstrong perennials "Wonderful World" and "Lucky Old Sun" that the pair tap into something akin to timeless musical telepathy. Her own talents hardly in need of burnishing, Lang invests the project with some gratifying new smokiness and is rewarded with a postgraduate course in saloon singing for the ages. It's an album that begs the best kind of question: when do we get an encore? --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
Bennett & lang may be an unliklely coupling, but their voices do compliment each other very well over some smooth music.
This is a great album to lay back in your lounge to and relax with. It's nothing ground breaking, but the cover versions of Louis Armstrong classics do the tracks great justiceand make you realise how amazong the jazz star was.
And as for K.D. Lang's voice, 2002 found it still in top form. It's a thing of unearthly, silken beauty, a voice that comes along only once in a generation: in her case, from Alberta, Canada. I remember seeing her once on late night television, early in her career, wearing the silliest cowgirl outfit and hopping up and down, and wishing I could tell her that with her voice, she didn't need to hop, she could leave that to Herman's Hermits. Of course, I couldn't, but she seems to have figured it out, anyway.
The title song, as done by this pair, boasts all the colors of the rainbow. And some of the quieter ballads are still waters running deep, indeed. Just listen, to say, "La Vie En Rose," or "If We Never Meet Again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Felt this was a little short of Tony's usually very high standards but very enjoyable.Published 18 months ago by Robert
Two voices that are a perfect match. KD Lang sings with so much soul and Tony Bennett just gets better & better!Published 18 months ago by Tuscan Dreamer