Bryan F. Irrera (bfirrera) wrote,
Bryan F. Irrera

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I'm finally getting a chance to listen to this simply sublime album. I've always been a big fan of Bette's. I've known I've wanted this one since it came out. However, fundage has been low lately. I waited and got it yesterday while the store was offering all employees an extra 10% off of everything (so, while we had 40% off of movies and music, we got this, I got "Fiction Plane: Everything Will Never Be Okay", we got "Will and Grace: Season One", "Star Trek:TNG: Season Six", "Star Trek:DS9: Season Seven" and "Lord of the Rings: Two Towers: Extended Edition").

This is easily one of Bette's best works in some time. There are some very simple arrangements that don't take away from the songs or from Bette. Meanwhile, there are some wonderful original arrangements as well ("Come On-A My House" is a stand out!). Taking a cue from Rosemary's original performance of "Hey There" with some humor and a twist on her own persona (I'm thinking of "Friends" from "the Divine Miss M"), Bette has fun with the overdubbed versions of herself.

This is also her reunion with Barry Manilow, who sings a duet with her and serves as producer and accompanist here.

A great album to spin during your holiday parties!
Tags: music/bette_midler, music/generic

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