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Jacintha: Goes to Hollywood

If I correctly recall my high school physics, white represents the combination of all colors, a fact Malaysian songstress Jacintha seems determined to prove throughout this homage to Tinseltown tunes. On previous albums, particularly her 2004 Brazilian-themed release The Girl From Bossa Nova, Jacintha has used her eiderdown-soft voice to effective advantage. Here, despite earnest effort by a phalanx of first-rate sidemen-drummer Joe La Barbera, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Derek Oles and organist Larry Goldings (who also guests on piano and accordion) among them-to add some vibrancy to the proceedings, the nine tracks amount, thanks to Jacintha’s monochromatically emotionless readings, to a bland bowlful of soft-serve vanilla.

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