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October 2004

Various Artists
Lounge Story 2
Dreyfus Records

Although Lounge Story 2 (Dreyfus) features some outdated acid jazz-Moondog's 1969's "Lament I, Bird's Lament" is now used to peddle SUVs-gems like Carol Ventura's "I Want to Be With You" pop out here and there. With a heavy emphasis on understated-vocal tunes, Lounge Story 2 titillates on Soulscape's melancholy "Love Shines," Hajime Yoshizawa's sunny Brazilian jaunt "I Am With You" and Povo's riveting deep-house workout "Shihab's Habit," featuring a delightful piano solo from Heine Hansen. But elsewhere Lounge Story 2 falls flat when it gets too cheeky, as on Patchwork's frictionless take on "Summertime" and the snoozy version of "'Round About Midnight" by Eddy and Duss with Lilian Terry.

Originally published in October 2004
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