"It is a tragedy that Nelson Riddle died before this album was even finished, because on For Sentimental Reasons, Rondtadt really hit her stride with singing standards. The song choice is excellent throughout, her pitch and control impressive, but most importantly she seems to be at one and comfortable with these songs. Her rendition of "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" moves from playful to powerful by the songs riveting ending. "I Get Along Without You Very Well" is one of Ronstadt's great accomplishments with Riddle; I disagree with those who say it pales against Sinatra's. If anything, it builds on it. It is both delicate and passionate at the same time--a rare feat. Linda offers the most affecting rendition of "My Funny Valentine" I've heard, swings through "Am I Blue," and adds a wonderful male doo-wop to the background of "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons." It is ludicrous to compare Linda Ronstadt with Ella (there's only one Ella); this is a whole different ball game and must be judged on its own merits. Riddle's string arrangements are as layered and beautiful as ever. One of Ronstadt's best albums in her entire, versatile career. I saw Linda and Riddle at Radio City in 1983 and it remains, musically, one of the best concerts I've ever experienced."
One of Linda's Very FINEST
Peter | East of Los Angeles | 12/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The girl's come a LONG WAY since the days of "When Will I Be Loved" and "Different Drummer". Here we have a mature artist giving her own interpretations of these familiar old chestnuts, yet still retaining their original structure and melody. Compared with her 2 earlier CD's, "What's New" & "Lush Life", "Sentimental..." is a quantum leap in Ronstadt's skills and interpretive abilities. It would've been unthinkable for her in the 70s to sing a song like "When You Wish Upon A Star" with the tenderness and clarity that she does here. What adds poignancy to this particular CD is that it contains Nelson Riddle's very last arrangements (in fact he passed away before the final completion).Linda has been attacked by some in the media for taking on this kind of material, yet I agree with all those who have listened to this set. You will be amazed by her power, phrasing and diction. She is simply BRILLIANT! My fav's are "Am I Blue", "Straighten Up.." and of course the title track, "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons". She really glides on the faster-paced swingers. It's hard to keep the feet still when Riddle's orchestra starts kicking. Stop comparing her to Fitzgerald or Sinatra---it's unfair. It you must compare, pick her own generation of artists who tackled similar material (remember Carly Simon & Pia Zadora??) Need I say more? Linda adds enough zest, polish and individuality to lift these songs to a new level. Enough said---GET THIS CD!! You will be surprised how it will hardly leave your player."
End of an Era
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 08/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS was the final album in a chapter of Linda Ronstadt's career where she was doing old standards. Third time is a charm as usual, Linda turned in another great performance on this album. She sounds at ease singing songs like "When You Wish Upon A Star", or "Straighten Up and Fly Right". She does a great version of "My Funny Valentine". You have to commend Linda for trying new things and pushing boundaries, and testing her abilities. She handles her voice well on these standards, and sadly its often overlooked and disregarded. But don't miss this one. She does an excellent version of "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons", doing the romantic ballads on one hand and then the quirky uptempo songs, she has dimension as an artist which is clearly evidence here."
"I Love You For Sentimental Reasons"
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | CA USA | 02/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love." ~ Marc Chagall
The color of love is red. Red is the color of Valentine's Day. And if I have to identify Linda Ronstadt's albums into color-codes, I would say that this particular album, which is my all-time favorite is red, simply because it has the loveliest and the most romantic songs she ever recorded. Every song is a winner! Mr. Riddle and Ms. Ronstadt were musically made for each other and they have made the most beautiful music that we always enjoy listening to through the years. Riddle's fabulous arrangements and Ronstadt's magnificent performances make this recording a one-of-a-kind treat and truly enjoyable to listen to most especially on Valentine's Day. If I have to identify these lovely songs into remarkable 'love quotes' of all-time, these songs would have the corresponding quotations as follow:
WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR: "There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart." ~ Michael Nolan
BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED: "A heart that loves is always young." ~ Greek Proverb
YOU GO TO MY HEAD: "Love is the flower you've got to let grow." ~ John Lennon
BUT NOT FOR ME: "Love comforteth like sunshine after the rain." ~ William Shakespeare
MY FUNNY VALENTINE: "Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL: "Those who have courage to love should have courage to suffer." ~ Anthony Trollope
AM I BLUE?: "Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." ~ Charles Dickens
I LOVE YOU FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS: "Love is an attempt to change a piece of dream world into reality." ~ Theodor Reik
STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT: "Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination." ~ Voltaire
LITTLE GIRL BLUE: "Love conquers all." ~ Virgil
'ROUND MIDNIGHT: "Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Happy Valentine's Day to you! "
This is a Ten-Star Album
Shirley Rodrigues | 06/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you have ever been in love, if you love listening to great music, if you want to linger a bit in the past with wonderful love songs and unsurpassed artists, THEN BUY THIS ALBUM. How can you possibly lose? The artful direction of Nelson Riddle, combined with ageless, moving love songs sung superbly by Linda Ronstadt - ladies and gentlemen - it doesn't get any better than this! In fact, if you want a collection of absolutely beautiful love songs, get all three albums by Ronstadt and Riddle: What's New; Lush Life; and For Sentimental Reasons. There is life after LP albums - thank heavens for remastered CD's. Great music forever saved. BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!"