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Jim Tomlinson: The Lyric

Jim Tomlinson is a terrific saxophonist, a top-drawer arranger and a fine producer. But the name Tomlinson alone isn’t likely to move a massive number of discs. So, covering a good two-thirds of the album cover and almost entirely obscuring an ironically blurry photo of Tomlinson and sax is a bright green sticker that makes it vibrantly clear his wife, big-selling vocalist Stacey Kent, figures prominently throughout. Indeed, with her dominating 10 of the 12 tracks, it’s impossible to distinguish this from any of the six Kent-credited albums that preceded it. But it’s a niggling point. Ever since Kent’s 1997 debut with Close Your Eyes, Tomlinson has been an integral part of her winning formula.

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