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Review by Gary Hill

If you have a yearning for the jazzy arrangements of the past, this album will probably fill your needs. On the other hand, if you like the modern elements of artists like Meghan Trainor, there is something here for you. This is entertaining and most of it is classic in sound. There are some modern elements in places, but much of this seems like it would have worked in a much earlier era, too. That said, it's not out of place today at all. It should be noted that I previously reviewed the opening number as a single, and the track review here is taken from that review for the sake of consistency.

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Track by Track Review
There is almost a jazzy groove as this number opens. The cut drops back to a mellower, but no less jazzy sound for the first lines of vocals. It continues at first by alternating between the slower and more powered up stuff. Later it gets more involved in the faster moving and more filled out arrangements. This is catchy, unusual and entertaining. I particularly dig the keyboard-laden jam later in the number.
Oh, California
Acoustic guitar brings this into being, and the sounds of the waves are added to the mix. Other instruments join after a bit, along with the vocals. This makes me think of Suzanne Vega or Rickie Lee Jones just a bit. This is more of a balladic cut, but it still has some energized texture. It has a classic, timeless quality to it. It's very effective, too. Some jazzy stuff comes in near the end as the intensity is ramped up, but waves return to end the piece.
Lady in a Mirror
A mellower number, this is quite jazzy. It's also very pretty. This is one of the highlights of the disc. It's slow moving, pretty and packed full of emotion.
"WDYTM" stands for "Why do you tease me?" The cut starts mellow, but works out to more energized and powered up stuff. There is a lot of jazz in the mix here, too. I dig the retro organ sound, and the whole piece has a real timeless vibe to it.
I Feel
Starting in a mellower zone, this cut works out to more of that modern take on jazzy textures zone. This has a really classy sound to it. It is particularly effective, making it one of the highlights of the set.
Piano and voice makes up a lot of the arrangement of this song, particularly early. Some horn comes in further down the road, augmenting and adding some flavor. Layers of extra vocals later bring some magic with them. This piece is one of the highlights of the set.
All I Want
Jazz guitar brings this into being. The vocals join over the top of that with a finger-popping. As the arrangement get augmented this becomes a lot of fun. It's a "toe-tapper." This is another standout cut. The sound is classic, and the tune is just so entertaining.
Piano starts the cut with the vocals. The number works out from there with a jazz arrangement made up of just those two elements. After the first verse the cut shifts to a classic jazz trio arrangement. It's a mellower cut, but quite a pretty one.
Cool retro jazz grooves open this cut. The vocals bring a more modern edge, but also seem informed by a lot of the old scat singing of the jazz era. This is soulful and so cool. I love the little guitar fills. The organ sounds are classy, too. There is some great energy to it. I love some of the unusual meters used on the vocal line, as well.
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