Post by Willyiam on Sept 9, 2018 18:16:52 GMT -5
Some may be disappointed to learn Jackie has recorded musicals, because they either have an aversion to Broadway or just don't want to hear anything that deviates from their preferences. We don't know yet what song choices she has made, but it ought to be expected that she will have performed them with her own interpretation, characteristic finesse and, of course, that beautiful tone. I guess your enjoyment of the new album or lack of it will depend upon whether you really listen to Jackie's vocals or dismiss them because of a dislike for the genre. Jackie has recorded a few songs that I don't particularly care for, but I thoroughly enjoy listening to her sing them. It's like others have felt about her performances of her arias, their distaste for opera having been dispelled by her innocence, the purity of her untrained voice and her enthusiasm to express the emotion. Her treatment of contemporary musicals may change your perception.
What I appreciate as much as Jackie's voice is her desire to experiment and explore, to challenge herself, and to challenge us as well to listen with discernment rather than judgement. Jackie sings what has inspired her, and that is the essence of true art. For me, it's not a matter of what songs she sings, but how she sings them. Anything from opera to the religious to classical pop to movie themes to jazz to musicals, it's all about vocal artistry. And, Jackie is one of the finest and most versatile vocalists we have the opportunity to appreciate today. Give this album your honest indulgence in the art of listening, and perhaps you'll appreciate what she is offering.
lawrence: I don't understand how there could possibly be negativity against Jackie's new album, when we have no idea what cuts are on the album, or whether or not we will enjoy them!
How can an opinion be made, when it is still a mystery what songs she will be singing.
"Dream With Me" and "Songs From The Silver Screen" contains Classical, Broadway, Movie and Pop songs and I could and have listened to them all day.
"Awakening" treats us to an equal mix and even though there are some cuts that don't float my boat, like you, I thoroughly enjoy listening to her sing them.
Let's give "New American Songbook" a chance!