Clare's latest album is less jazz-tinged and more contemporary in approach with some emphasis on five of her own co-written numbers which have melodic flair with BABY, I'M COMING HOME and MISSING YOU aided by backing chorus while the album's title song has an appealing guitar backing. Looking back, there's DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING -originally a 1964 hit for Liverpool's Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Four Tops 1966 Motown best-seller REACH OUT (I'LL BE THERE) which have now been reinvented as tasteful ballads. The lovely Fran Landesman/Simon Wallace stunner WHAT LOVE KNOWS makes perfect material for Clare's emotive style and I also liked the cha-cha rhythms of ALONE WITH YOU; the soaring and free-wheeling delight LIGHT FLIGHT and the more energetic pacing of BREAKOUT. Clare's voice is never less than brilliant throughout and I award full marks to her musicians and the sparkling arrangements also.
Whilst this album may not wholly satisfy those who prefer her jazz style, I am of the opinion this expanded range of material will broaden Clare's fan-base considerably, with repeat plays certainly gaining kudos for the album's production values and allowing the songs to become familiar and meaningful.
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