No doubt a nice album with a very broad selection of styles, maybe too broad for some as there seems to be no red line connecting all the songs. Holly's voice is clearly overrated, it is rather flat and she chickens out when it gets difficult. Nevertheless, I got totally addicted to "I can see clearly now", it became my daily dose of mood lifter until I once listened to it at night without the usual background noise. And of course now I hear it every time, so that did it for me, no more Hollies daily mood lifter, too bad.
I just wonder why nobody else seems to have noticed Good recording, but the added echo detracts from the great sound in my honest opinion. A good listen! This CD is very well done. Holly has a very good sultry voice and the sounds are very relaxing. Excellent Service. Holy does a terrific job on this set. Audio is almost as good as vinyl. We need more SACD format discs. Holly at her best, relaxed and in total control of her abilities.
One person found this helpful. Just what I expected. Came quickly. Instrumental work on this album is fantastic, and Holly Cole's voice is a smoldering call to the lower, primitive parts of the brain. I use this to relax after a busy shift at the hospital, and it rewards a good audo setup.
The recording quality is great. The voice is sweeet, but not distinctive. Don't get me wrong, she is fantastic, but not a sound that sets her apart. That said, I love the songs she sings!
Not just the standards or "So what" songs. Tunes that are fun to hear as well as some meaningful stuff too! I'll buy more of her. I bought it based on a recommendation from a friend and was expecting a modern day Nina Simone or the like. Sorely dissapointed. She has a good voice but not that much personality. The arrangements border on elevator muzak grade. Her pale interpretation of classic tunes is also tame, uninspired.
Not recommended. I picked up this CD by chance, and still can't believe my luck. Cole is a smooth crooner with an unusual twist: she tries far more interesting material than the average vocalist.
Her voice is a bit like her fellow Canadian, Diana Krall, but much richer, more versatile, and resonant. She also has a great sense of rhythm and a remarkable ability to express the meaning and message of a song, even something as seemingly forthright as the Beatle's "I've Just Seen a Face.
It takes a bold young woman to make a Beatle's song so completely hers, and the other choices on this Best Of album are equally quirky, which makes me want to seek out her other recordings. The most astonishing to me, though, is her rendition of Elvis Costello's passionate "Alison"--her varied, nuanced delivery makes Costello's sound like a nursery rhyme in comparison. I can't wait to learn and hear more about this terrific singer!
Holly's first love is jazz, but she has absorbed musical influences from many different genres. This shows in her music, which is jazz-based, but with everything else added into the mix. Holly specialises in cover versions, but always takes the songs apart and rearranges them in such a way as to sound original.
I've heard plenty of rearranged covers by many different singers, but it is rare to find somebody who does it with such consistency. Listen to her version of I've just seen a face the Beatles song or I can see clearly now the Johnny Nash song, which has been covered by lots of people, but never quite like Holly's version.
This is my first Holly CD, but certainly not my last. I now regard her recent Christmas collection Baby it's cold outside as essential. I'm intrigued to hear what Holly can do with songs which, brilliant though they are, desperately need something different done to them. I'll preface this review with a simple warning I'm not someone who is generally good at expressing himself with the written typed!
Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Genre Vocal Jazz. Recording Date February, - March, Track Listing. I Can See Clearly Now.I Can See Clearly Now (Album Version) 2 Don't Let The Teardrops Rust Your Shining Heart 3 Get Out Of Town 4 So And So 5 Tennessee Waltz 6 Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday 7 Blame It On My Youth 8 Ev'rything I've Got 9 Je Ne T'aime Pas 10 Cry If You Want To 11 Que Sera Sera 12 Don't Smoke In Bed/5(75).