In a Class Above the Rest: The Essential Laurie Beechman On Disc
14 Dec 2013
"Time Between the Time" (1993 solo album)
Laurie Beechman's second solo album is her classiest, most restrained effort, although even in this cooler, jazzy cabaret mode, the Beechman fire still burns bright. A selection of standards and showtunes finds her in a mellow, contemplative, often melancholy mood, singing with great sensitivity. She manages to make even the most played out of pop ballads compelling, such as "It Might Be You" and "The Shadow Of Your Smile," and the inherent beauty of her voice is remarkable in this relaxed vibe. That's not to say she doesn't give the big barnstormers their due — Bacharach's "A House Is Not A Home" and "Home" (from The Wiz) are both as huge and goosebump-inducing as you'd hope the Laurie Beechman versions would be. Still, it's the surprise plums like "A Very Precious Love" that make "Time Between the Time" the standout it is.