Lisa Stansfield (BMG)
Album of the week
Fans of Britain’s hazel-eyed soul princess may have been pining for more of her lush, R&B flavored pop tunes last heard on Lisa Stansfield, the album she released two years ago. Here the 33-year-old singer and songwriter jumps on the big-band wagon with an album of supper club music from a film (released in Britain in May) of the same name. (She made her acting debut in it as a modern day torch singer.) Along with a brassy arrangement of the Supremes’ 1966 version of the Motown hit “Baby, I Need Your Lovin’,” Stansfield tackles standards like “Mack the Knife” (featuring a sax solo by Clarence Clemmons, who also appears in the film), the Gershwin brothers’ “Our Love Is Here to Stay” and a WWII home-front oddity called “Blitzkrieg Baby.” Stansfield and her longtime songwriting partner and producer Ian Devaney contribute four tunes, two of which are sung by ’60s Brit R&B bandleader Georgie Fame. Unlike some aging singers (Brian Setzer, Phil Collins) who have relied on swing to hotwire stalled careers, Stansfield possesses the nimble vocal chops that the jump-jiving genre demands.
Bottom Line: Swinging good time