This disc is a puzzle to me; Sara Gazarek has it all going for her, a pleasant, good and flexible voice, a fine backing group, and good material, a well recorded disc, and why it doesn't stay with me in any way is the puzzle. It should as it has so much to recommend it. Maybe there are no chances taken with the material, which is a fine selection, though it tends to have the same sound and rhythm. There is good solid material by Joni Mitchell, Carey; Paul McCartney, Junk; Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Dear Someone; as well as some songs by her keyboard player, Josh Nelson among other writers. The only thing remembered from the disc is a lot of piano playing up with her voice and some good trumpet work on Just Let Me Be.
I guess the term background music in a subdued light and slightly smoky (probably hard to find in these days of no smoking indoors) lounge that is filled with the sounds of ice in glasses, conversations that are meant to be not too loud, and the occasional burst of laughter, and over in the corner is the pastor's wife meeting with a gentleman and it is a meeting that might have dark implications for all concerned. You know nothing bad is going to happen in the lounge, there is something possibly lurking, unfortunately it is not too close to the surface. If you are looking for something to put on where there is a lack of tension and something about to happening that will have impact and jolt you at least a bit this is the disc for you, it is not going to distract you from your thoughts or conversation, nor will it in any way cause you to interrupt your train of thought and cause a pause in the flow.
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