Stevie Holland’s recent release, Life Goes On (June 30th) is her first return to a studio album after her one-woman Off-Broadway show, Love, Linda: The Life Of Mrs. Cole Porter. We’re glad she jumped back into the studio, hitting standards like “Skylark”, songs from what I’ll call The Small American Songbook, little gems from musicals or other pop standards that are less known or remembered like “Not While I’m Around” from Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeny Todd and “Tea for Two” (with additional lyrics by Stevie Holland and Joe Mooney) from No, No, Nanette, as well as originals of her own. There are a couple of things you notice immediately upon listening to Ms. Holland: her storyteller’s rhythm and her beautiful tone. It’s as if you’re listening to a Cate Blanchett voiceover that morphs into this silky jazz voice that hits tones that pierce your heart. While Ms. Holland isn’t always technically perfect, her voice wavers a couple times on the album, she has beautiful phrasing, a Broadway singer’s enunciation, and a tone that is rarely achieved.
[Full disclosure: I received a copy of this CD for the purposes of review]
[Picture Credits to Jeremy Nelson (banner) and Tom LeGoff – courtesy StevieHolland.com]
For full review: http://ppcorn.com/us/stevie-holland-life-goes-album-review/