There are three traits that most distinguish Nancy Goudinaki's I Wanna be your Star: being right on it, being way off it, and being much too monotonic. As you may imagine, then, such trio makes any disc trying. I don't even want to count the number of times she goes flat and then, seconds later, is perfectly in accord with the material, hitting exactly the right notes. I'll be Seeing You is the best example of that and also of the CD's only real shining star: pianist Orrin Evans, though even he sometimes has troubles tracking the arrangements, as in Just Friends. Frustratingly, I really like the arrangement, it's jagged and a bit surreal, challenging, but only comes fully into its own in the instrumental middle eight. Even co-singer Miles Griffth can't pull the rest of the cut out of the downward slide, try as he might. My only conclusion is that Goudinakis has a goodly share of natural talent but badly needs a voice teacher for the part of it that falls below plumbline.
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