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02 Nov 2013
"Bernadette" (1992 Solo Album, Combining Tracks From 1980's "Bernadette Peters" and 1981's "Now Playing")
Despite opening with "Broadway Baby," "Bernadette" is a very un-Broadway album, finding Peters in a cooler, jazzy pop groove (surrounded by some world-class musicians including Lee Ritenour on guitar and even Peter Allen on piano) in which she is able to seamlessly bridge the gaps in an eclectic collection of songs spanning several decades. She is in absolutely terrific voice, pouring out the cream in an exquisite take on Leiber and Stoller's Elvis Presley hit "Don't" and serving up some of the best belting of her career in the stunning "Other Lady." Some more favorite tracks are "Pearl's A Singer," "Carrying A Torch," "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)"/"Mean To Me" and "I Never Thought I'd Break," and they're all great.