Stacey Kent: Dreamsville
One important factor which make her albums so consistently good and allows each one to get better is the presence of the sidemen Kent has become used to working with. Tomlinson and his reeds, of course. But Colin Oxley's guitar has also been along for each of the albums. Listen to his backing and solo on "You're Looking at Me". The same with pianist David Newton whose understated accompaniment fits Kent like a familiar glove. Newton is also the pianist of choice of another upper echelon singer from the UK, Tina May.
Stacey Kent has reached that pinnacle all singers strive for, irrespective of their musical genre, viz., you hear a couple of measures of her distinctive voice and you know at once who the voice belongs to, without being told. Vocal album of the year? Why not? Lyrics are printed in the liner notes.
Track Listing: I've Got a Crush on You; When Your Lover Has Gone; Isn't It a Pity?; You Are There; Under a Blanket of Blue: Dreamsville; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Hushabye Mountain; Little Girl Blue; You're Looking at Me; Violets for Your Furs; Thanks for the Memory
Personnel: Stacey Kent - Vocals; Jim Tomlinson - Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Flute; Colin Oxley - Guitar; David Newton - Piano; Simon Thorpe - Bass; Jasper Kviberg - Drums
Record Label: Candid Records