Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project, Vol. II

"Three years ago Michael Feinstein, the piano-bar crooner turned stand-up entertainer jumped ship, so to speak, with his album 'The Sinatra Project,' in which he became an acolyte of Ol’ Blue Eyes after two decades in the Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire camps. ... Now comes 'The Sinatra Project, Vol. II: The Good Life,' whose stylistic center of gravity is the 1960s, where the first volume had its heart in the ’50s, Sinatra’s greatest decade. ... From the opening cut, Dickie Thompson’s obscure, campy 'Thirteen Women,' (the B-side of Bill Haley and the Comets’ global game changer 'Rock Around the Clock') exhibits a more playful attitude. On songs like 'Hallelujah, I Love Her So,' 'Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?,' 'Luck Be a Lady' and 'The Lady Is a Tramp,' Mr. Feinstein doesn’t bear down as heavily as before. ... Three beautifully sung ballads — 'I’ll Be Around,' 'The Way You Look Tonight' (a smooth, glossily orchestrated bossa nova) and the old Tony Bennett hit 'The Good Life,' arranged for just voice and piano — are the heart of an album that finds Mr. Feinstein embracing his past as an intimate crooner and popular music purist par excellence" (Stephen Holden, "New Music," New York Times, 10/31/11).
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