Look What Happened To Mabel: The Essential Bernadette Peters On Disc

By Ben Rimalower
02 Nov 2013

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"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (1996 Solo Album)

As close to a contemporary pop (or "Easy Listening") album as we're likely to get from Bernadette Peters, "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" brings together covers of singer-songwriters and even a few showtunes under the umbrella of a mellow, reflective vibe, which suits Peters perfectly. In this reserved mode, it's impressive how much feeling Peters invests in "Running On Faith" (originally performed by Eric Clapton) and the Beatles' "Blackbird." Other highlights include a fun take on Sam Cooke's "Cupid," a gorgeous, guitar-only "What's The Use Of Wond'rin'" (from Carousel) and the definitive recording of "No One Is Alone" (from Into the Woods).

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