Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Ann Hampton Callaway|
Bring Back Romance
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Ann Hampton Callaway brings back more than romance. . . .
firstname.lastname@example.org | Columbia, Missouri | 07/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ann Hampton Callaway offers a full menu of romantic songs--many original compositions--with the voice of a seasoned chanteuse who has known romance and loss and love regained. From her lilting original composition "Music" to her soft and delicate rendering of Kander and Ebb's "A Quiet Thing" to her hushed good-byes in "I'll Be Seeing You," Ms. Callaway displays a vocal range with a generosity and depth rarely encountered. The title song "Bring Back Romance" with its exhortations for "soft conversation and slow dance" and "ways to say I love you without speaking" and "the promise of warm passion" is a marvel of romantic song-writing and vocal interpretation. This album sets the mood for a night of intimacy with your significant other. Ann Hampton Callaway brings back romance with her lush voice, stirring performances, and happy sharing of her heart. This one is a winner."
Mycroft | Charleston, Oregon | 02/20/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The sweet rain of Ann Hampton Callaway's voice will ease you into the dream world of romance and rock you gently until all the world is at peace. The strength of this CD is that it is so easy on the ear that you don't have to listen. Got a fireplace? Turn off all the lights, open a bottle of good wine, find a handsome companion and do your best not to get in the way. Ms Callaway can croon with the likes of Ella, Sarah Vaughn and Julie London and the very best part is that she is recording now. If there is a fault to find, these gentle romantic songs don't give Ms Callaway a chance to soar. When she sings softly the angels stop to listen but when she swings she sings only for God."
Beautiful, amazing--and a musical gem
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 03/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bring Back Romance by Ann Hampton Callaway shows her at the top of her game. Indeed, Ann's exceptional ability to sing with sensitivity stands out; she gives blood to give a good performance every time she sings. This album is no exception. The quality of the sound is excellent and that artwork is very tastefully done.
"Music" is a fantastic opening number for this album; I really like "Music." "Music" gets a jazzy arrangement and that keyboard work enhances it all even further. Ann handles subtle tempo changes like the pro she always is; she never falters on this album. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" gets a very interesting arrangement; Ann and the band play with major and minor keys to make this a major highlight of the album. Ann Hampton Callaway breathes new life into "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and I have no complaints about that! This tune is worth the price of admission alone.
"My One And Only Love" features Ann Hampton Callaway squarely front and center; and when she sings this so gracefully you can tell she wears her heart on her sleeve--she means it! "My One And Only Love" was always a great ballad; and Ann does it great justice. "An Affair To Remember" is a very pretty ballad; and listen for "You Can't Rush Spring." "You Can't Rush Spring" has a rather creative arrangement and Ann's voice conveys the subtleties of all the emotions in the lyrics of this ballad. If you have any doubts about Ann Hampton Callaway's talent; "You Can't Rush Spring" will surely lay your doubts to rest!
"A Quiet Thing" stuns me with its beauty; this sensitive number gets the royal treatment from Ann who delivers this in such a way that you can tell she was born to sing ballads like this one. Sure, Ann makes it sound as easy as if it were just breathing; but we know it really wasn't so easy--Ann's talents always carry her through. "There Will Never Be Another You" picks up the tempo for a jazzy, energetic number that clashes with the melancholy lyrics; Ann makes this all her own with her exceptional sense of timing and her very special, full voice that's as clear as a bell.
"You Go To My Head" is simply awesome; I love this number and it's obviously a major highlight of this album. This song is also worth the price of admission alone; the entire CD is all THAT good. In addition, "It Could Happen To You" is very pretty and that jazz arrangement gives "It Could Happen To You" a bright new coat of polish that helps Ann to make this another big hit for the album. The album also ends rather strong with Ann Hampton Callaway performing a medley of "My Shining Hour" and "I'll Be Seeing You." "I'll Be Seeing You" is a romantic, nostalgic number that I love to hear; and when Ann performs "I'll Be Seeing You" it absolutely glows!
Ann Hampton Callaway always does her best; and of course this CD is an example of that. I saw her perform live a couple of years back and she's just as amazing when you listen to one of her albums like this one. I highly recommend this CD for people who already are her fans; and people just discovering Ann would do well to start with a fine album like this. These songs simply never sounded so good!