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Soft retro jazz from twenty-year-old with a yen for the old school,
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Although his name recalls the deepest excesses of 70s rock (for those to young to remember, Peter Grant was Led Zeppelin's heavyweight manager) this cool twenty-year old delivers something very different indeed. He is, after all, the voice of the new Twix campaign.
This is sunny cocktail bar jazz, the kind of thing that goes down great in swanky nightclubs and expensive cruise ships. There are darker moments - most notably on the insouciant, predatory You're Worth It, and Grant's voice slips cheekily into the funk-jazz or Latino grooves churned out by his super-competent big band. His version of Chris Rea's On The Beach is perfect summer-hit material.
He's less effective on emotive ballads, pretty much murdering Stevie Wonder's neurotic Until you Come Back To Me, most memorably recorded by Aretha Franklin in the 70s. He makes an even bigger mess of Bacharach's This Guy's In Love, totally misreading its desperate, nervy pleading as lounge-lizard confidence.
Worth a 3 out of 5 on the basis that it does some of what it sets out to do very well indeed, this album will nevertheless disappoint anyone looking for the edgy profundity you can find in the mercurial performances of Amy Winehouse - or even on vintage albums by Sinatra or Bennett. The choice of material's at fault, too - Grant might be talented, but the big classic ballads are well beyond his emotional range right now. Stick to the funk, boy.
first published at subba-cultcha.com
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Initial post: 22 Dec 2007, 11:45:06 GMT
Swingtime Steve says:
Have to slightly disagree with this writer. Sinatra was a great singer and star in his early twenties, singing great songs. Just listen to them today. Sure Peter will not be able to phrase or interpret the 'meaning' of those great songs like an older Sinatra, but that should not stop him singing them in his early years. I personally, hope Peter will go down the Buble/Cincotti/Connick road, because that is where his long term future rides in that genre of music. Never sing 'cheap' songs, the good ones will see him through, with that talent he undoubtedly has, but unfortunately not displayed in this album.
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