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Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 @ 03:04:50 UTC
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.
Theres 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 Id 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 whos a little of both, I got goosebumps.
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