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Kathy Kosins: Vintage

Three years after her widely acclaimed Mood Swings, Detroit chanteuse Kathy Kosins is taking big steps backward-but in a good way. Instead of mixing familiar standards with sparkling originals, as she did last time around, Kosins decided to unearth buried treasures.

The most intriguing of these nuggets is the once wildly popular, but now rarely heard, ’30s chestnut “Penthouse Serenade,” here wrapped in shantung silk. There’s also the come-hither “Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast,” Bobby Troup’s mid-’60s slice of naughtiness for wife Julie London; the peppy, “Orange-Colored Sky”-esque “Look Out Up There,” best remembered from June Christy’s 1953 LP Something Cool; and a slow-basted “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” that replaces Nancy Sinatra’s stridence with a sultrier brand of self-confidence. New to this retro olio is “I Can’t Change You,” a clever Kosins composition that suggests the Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You” as reinterpreted by Cole Porter. It, like the rest of the disc, is de-lovely.

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