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Picks and Pans Review: Somewhere in My Lifetime

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Phyllis Hyman

As stunning vocally as she is visually, the statuesque Hyman is a superb pop-jazz stylist who handles each entry on this, her second LP, with ease and grace. No wonder that the likes of Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, George Benson, Roberta Flack, Barry Manilow and Herbie Hancock have gone out of their way to praise her (and the latter two appear on the album). She can be tender as on the title cut or—when backed by only a piano on the James Van Heusen oldie Here’s That Rainy Day—deliver a bluesy, bittersweet quality. There is a lack of variety in her material—in both tempo and mood—but when she is so successful at what she’s doing, it’s hard to complain.