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September 2002

Marcelle Gauvin
The Edge of the Pond
Whaling City Sound

Though Marcelle Gauvin lives and works in southern Massachusetts, her saucy style suggests two of New York's finest-blending the authoritative pizzazz of Ann Hampton Callaway with the polished panache of Bernadette Peters. Gauvin's latest, The Edge of the Pond (Whaling City Sound), is a testament to unerring good taste and finely honed musical instincts. Opening with a sparkling rendition of Frank Loesser's "I Believe in You," she immediately eases into "Saturday," a lovely, languid ballad that sets the pace for what is, for the most part, a gentle, reflective album. On back-to-back versions of "Limao" and Tom Jobim's "Double Rainbow," Gauvin exhibits a keen Brazilian sensibility. She then shifts gears for an insightful interpretation of "Fixing a Hole" that expertly explores Lennon and McCartney's playful message of self-empowerment. Closing with a slightly subdued "Doodlin'" she manages the tricky curves with style and flair. It's not quite as zany as Annie Ross' or as nutty as Joni Mitchell's, but nicely neurotic nonetheless.

Originally published in September 2002
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