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Reviews: Barbie Anaka ~ Ballads Through the Night
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 @ 03:04:50 UTC
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Barbie Anaka

CD: Ballads Through the Night

Home: Seattle, WA

Style: Smoky Jazz Ballads

Quote: "Old school jazz fans will swoon for this".

By Jennifer Layton

This is moonlight over a quiet ocean. A romantic dinner by candlelight. Barbie Anaka is a more angelic Streisand with a sultry, resonant, rich voice that turns old-fashioned classic jazz into living magic.

There’s almost nothing else I can say about that voice – you just have to hear it. But what adds an element of quirkiness to the CD is her choice of cover songs. “Take The L,” an 80s hit from the Motels, lends itself surprisingly well to smoky jazz. The saxophone and piano set the heartbroken mood beautifully. From there, I skipped ahead to hear “On Broadway,” the track that turned out to be my favorite after I’d heard each blissful one. This version is done as a crooning, melancholy, rainy-night streetlamp ballad, and it is reason enough to buy the CD.

Old school jazz fans will swoon for this. Romantics will dream to it. As a music lover who’s a little of both, I got goosebumps.

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