December 08, 2003 12:00 PM

Crystal Gayle


Crystal Gayle’s hair is still down to her knees and she can still sing up a storm. On this ardent, very musical collection, she displays the talent for singing pop/jazz standards first evident when she recorded “Cry Me a River” in 1978 and later shown on her 1999 album of Hoagy Carmichael tunes. The artfully produced disc includes another rendition of “Cry Me a River,” that moodiest of all torch songs, as well as swingy versions of the Duke Ellington classic “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” Ray Charles’s “Hallelujah I Love Him So” and “Sentimental Journey.” Gayle gets a chance to exercise her bluesier country chops on the romantic title tune.


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