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Pop Superstar Lady Gaga teams with Tony Bennett for album of standards

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Pop quiz: is this a quartet contest score sheet, or a track list from a pop superstar famed for outrageous costuming and heavy dance beats?

  1. “Anything Goes”   Cole Porter
  2. “Cheek to Cheek”   Irving Berlin
  3. “Nature Boy”   eden ahbez
  4. “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”   Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields
  5. “I Won’t Dance”   Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach
  6. “Firefly”   Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh
  7. “Lush Life”   Billy Strayhorn
  8. “Sophisticated Lady”   Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish
  9. “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”   Irving Berlin
  10. “But Beautiful”   Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
  11. “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”   Duke Ellington, Irving Mills

Could be both.

USA Today’s review of “Cheek To Cheek” , a collaboration between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, is fairly generous:

Listening to Lady Gaga sing American Songbook standards with Tony Bennett on Cheek to Cheek (* * * out of four) can be a bit like watching a pretty, eager young girl try to walk a red carpet alongside a veteran supermodel.

The 28-year-old pop diva has impressive raw material — a supple, textured voice capable of evoking sensuality, tenderness and pain — and she and the 88-year-old Bennett enjoy a playful, sometimes poignant rapport.

Expect plenty of reviews from all sides of the spectrum. Meanwhile, what will you do with the improved recognition of these classics from the great American songbook?

Listen now on Spotify.

 

 

 

 

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