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Lewis, Sylvie: Tangos and Tantrums

Sylvie Lewis has a cabaret, jazz delivery that is deep and throaty. Her song stylings are very 50s in nature with lounge arrangements. Tangos and Tantrums is a mix of jazz-tinged singer-songwriter compositions that stylistically would fit with Rosemary Clooney. The lyrics are intelligent and paint good stories.

This really is a strange CD to come by Sea Of Tranquility. Sylvie Lewis reminds me a little of Patti Cathcart, but there isn't a guitarist on this CD as talented as Tuck Andress. "All His Exes" is the highlight of the CD, simply for the lyrics. "The Movies" sounds like a song from the Fabulous Baker Boys. Most songs have that "heard this before" sound because of the tribute being paid to the 50's jazz scene.

Sylvie Lewis is a wonderful vocalist, but I don't own Nora Jones for the same reason this probably won't get much play for me. This is a replica of a style long past. It pays tribute to, and adds a spin to, the cabaret scene long past, but if that sound is what you want, purchase Peggy Lee or Ella Fitzgerald. Tangos and Tantrums is just not original enough for me. If you like Nora Jones or Diane Krall, then you will probably enjoy this.

Track Listing
1. By Heart 2:34
2. All His Exes 3:34
3. Rockwell's Blues 3:09
4. The Movies 2:28
5. Promises Of Paris 3:30
6. If Love Songs 3:48
7. When I Drink 3:36
8. New York 3:00
9. Conversation Piece 4:02
10. Valentine's Day 3:09
11. My Rival 4:28
12. Old Friends 2:38

Added: May 12th 2005
Reviewer: Steve Ambrosius
Related Link: Sylvie Lewis
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Language: english

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