By Chuck Arnold Ivory Jeff Clinton
January 22, 2007 12:00 PM

Sing You Sinners


On the swinging title track of her fifth album—a not-so-standard collection of tunes from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s—29-year-old Erin McKeown seems to be possessed by the spirit of Rosemary Clooney. Then on her plucky rendition of the Summer Stock gem “Get Happy” she channels a bit of Judy Garland. But holding no song sacred, the lush-voiced McKeown, who also plays guitar and banjo, puts her own irreverent stamp on these numbers as well. Backed by her trusty trio, she turns the classic “Paper Moon” into a calypso-style ditty that both shimmies and shimmers. And the snappy “Melody,” the only McKeown original here, shows that she has learned well from the tuneful teachings of an era gone by.


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