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Music Is My Life
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
After her long association with GRP Records, this is Diane Schuur's first recording for Atlantic. With label founder Ahmet Ertegun serving as one of the album's three producers, Schuur applies her powerful, free-ranging vo... more »
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After her long association with GRP Records, this is Diane Schuur's first recording for Atlantic. With label founder Ahmet Ertegun serving as one of the album's three producers, Schuur applies her powerful, free-ranging voice to a mostly quiet collection of familiar standards and a few lesser-known selections ("Good Morning Heartache") well suited to Schuur's emotive interpretations. In a romantic, late-night state of mind on most of the disc's 11 tracks, Schuur sounds as though she's enjoying herself from start to finish. She opens with playful vocalise on "Invitation" and concludes with a dramatic a cappella version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," where one moment her voice rattles windows, then seconds later shifts to a whisper. Her languid, nine-minute take on "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" is a sultry, beguiling confessional, and her sophisticated swing on Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" sets the piece aglow. The title track is a pleasant, pop-structured affair, likely designed with radio airplay in mind, and the blues, gospel, and R&B influences found in earlier works are not as evident in this, a more subdued, seductive, and consistently charming collection. --Terry Wood
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard Diane Schuur ten years ago on a computer software support hold line, I ran out and bought every CD I could find. I've been buying them all since. This latest album has not disappointed me. One of the best things in life is to hear one of my favorite vocalists portray some of my all time favorite songs, like "Good Morning Heartache", "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". You can hear that Diane has put her heart and soul into these tracks. Ms. Schuur, you shine!"
A pleasent debut for Atlantic and a welcome departure.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Diane's debut for Atlantic is a pleasent departure from her work for her former label, GRP. There are no strings, no synths, and no oversinging. Diane is surrounded by the simple rhythm structure of piano, bass, and drum. There are sax solos and vibes, but that's it. This effort will win Diane new fans and hopefully those that left her because of over production of her previous work. The opening track, "Invitation," is an excercise in vocalese, Diane singing with the piano chords showcasing her ability to still hit those notes. For the first time, you hear Diane sounding like she really enjoyed recording this album. Settle in for a heart-stopping rendition of "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" clocking in at a whopping nine minutes. Diane holds your attention for this one, the minutes pass like seconds. Overall, this is one of those albums that should be played late at night, maybe sitting out on a balcony or porch, soaking in the music along with the night air with someone you love. The timelessness of this album will be enjoyed for years to come. Bravo! Diane, welcome back."
Robert R. Strand Jr. | Long Beach, Calif. | 05/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a long time Judy Garland fan (and Diane Schuur fan), I never thought I would hear a version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that was comparable to Judy Garland. Ms. Schuur has proved me to be very happily wrong. This is an outstanding effort, and the best from Diane Schuur since "Tribute"."