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Nellie McKay: Home Sweet Mobile Home

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Nellie McKayHome Sweet Mobile HomeVerve2010 Singer and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay seems to need a break. Not from music-making, mind you, but from the toils of existing within a bump and drive world that has little time for reflection or respite, and none, seemingly, to worry about repeating yesterday's mistakes. With any luck, McKay, that spunky champion of the underdog, was far away, basking in island breezes when the recent US election ...

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Nellie McKay: Normal As Blueberry Pie - A Tribute To Doris Day

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Listening to Normal As Blueberry Pie, one might say Nellie McKay is not a traditional jazz singer, whatever that is. In the case of this “Tribute to Doris Day," she's just good and also a lot of fun. Musically, McKay's voice can be feathery at times and, like Day, she has perfect pitch and an optimistic delivery that sounds effortless. All but one of the songs are drawn from the hundreds that Day recorded, from her big band days to ...

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Nellie McKay: Normal As Blueberry Pie

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Nellie McKay Normal As Blueberry Pie Verve 2009

Singer, musician, composer Nellie McKay has often--perhaps too conveniently--been compared to legendary big band singer and movie star Doris Day, to whom she pays tribute with this album. And certainly, McKay has played off Day's cotton-candy image all along, from the perky sunshine pose in front of urban blight on the cover of her debut album, Get Away From Me (Sony, 2004), to the large orchestrations ...