155

Shelley Neill: Music Sweet Music

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
What I admire most about Shelley Neill’s Music Sweet Music is her splendid choice of material. And next to that, the enterprising rhythm section (especially pianist Laszlo Gardony). No, that doesn’t say much for the singer, but when one finds himself looking forward to the piano solos, that speaks volumes. It troubles me to appraise anyone so unkindly, as Neill is assuredly doing the best she can and probably worked hard to get where she is — but the fact is, her singing left me unmoved. I’d hoped it would be otherwise, but it wasn’t. On the other hand, given my flair for judging talent, she may soon be a superstar. On the plus side, Neill does sing with feeling, and her intonation is reliable. But I found her voice more irksome than inviting, and she has the unsettling habit (to me, at least) shared by so many singers of taking one–syllable words and making them two or even three. Returning to the positive, there are a number of seldom–heard treasures on the menu including “Too Soon to Tell,” “You Hit the Spot,” “Comes Love” (paired with “Fever”), “Since I Fell for You,” “Slow Down” and the lovely standards “Ill Wind” and “Blue Moon.” Neill sings them as well as she can; I wish her versions were more pleasing to these ears. But as everyone’s ears are different, they could make a more salutary impression on yours.

Track listing: Too Soon to Tell; You Hit the Spot; Trav’lin’ Light; Everything Must Change; Fever / Comes Love; Since I Fell for You; Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby; Dark Shadows; For Sentimental Reasons; Slow Down; You Are My Sunshine; I Didn’t Know What Time It Was; Ill Wind; Blue Moon; Teach Me Tonight (65:56).


Personnel:

Shelley Neill, vocals; Laszlo Gardony, piano; Genevieve Rose, bass; Gregory Caputo, drums.

Contact: Cobalt Blue Music, P.O. Box 204, Boston, MA 02130 (phone 617

Title: Music Sweet Music | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Cobalt Blue Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Signal 9 CD/LP/Track Review Signal 9
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 22, 2017
Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read "Central Line" CD/LP/Track Review Central Line
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 2, 2017
Read "Thank You For Coming To Life" CD/LP/Track Review Thank You For Coming To Life
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 2, 2017
Read "A Sleepin' Bee" CD/LP/Track Review A Sleepin' Bee
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 3, 2017
Read "Glenn Gould in Russia: Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Webern, Krenek" CD/LP/Track Review Glenn Gould in Russia: Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Webern, Krenek
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 16, 2017
Read "Prairie Burn" CD/LP/Track Review Prairie Burn
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 9, 2016
Read "Faces" CD/LP/Track Review Faces
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 30, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.