Miss Farrell undoubtedly is a technically accomplished singer and at first her clear-as-a-bell voice is quite pleasant. But after half a song her mannerisms start getting on the nerves. She seems determined to demonstrate that she can reach for ever higher notes and sustaining them longer than either Bobby Darin or even Andy Williams, the male champions of unnecessary stretched notes. It is then too that her voice takes on an irritatingly keening quality. Also her constant singing behind the beat, a misinterpretation of what constitutes the interpretation of popular song by a classically trained musician, makes for a tiresome listening experience. Taken one at a time the songs are bearable, but taken as a whole it makes me want to hit someone or something. There is a reason why she is not in Will Froedwald's book on popular singers, and I should have been forewarned by that. Percy Faith's arrangements provide a mellow backdrop and they are the high point of the album.
A wonderful disc - the first 12 tracks conducted by Percy Faith are amazing. Ms Farrell certainly knew how to interpret a lyric, not surprising considering her operatic credentials, and her vocal tone is sumptuous. The bonus tracks with Previn are slightly less spectacular but still enough to make the likes of .... (well you know who I mean, I'll only get abusive comments if I name names won't I) cry into their porridge.
If you love great singing of any sort don't hesitate.
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