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Sarah DeLeo: The Nearness of You

Newcomer Sarah DeLeo has a small but pleasant voice. Sadly, unlike many other chanteuses (Astrud Gilberto leaps immediately to mind) who have made the most of a somewhat limited range by boosting her power with emotional panache, DeLeo imbues these 10 well-chosen tunes with seemingly little heartfelt imagination. Where’s the unbridled joie de vivre Peggy Lee brought to “It’s a Good Day”? Where’s the ebony-edged self-despair that made Matt Dennis’ “Angel Eyes” so thrilling? Where’s the been-there-done-that seasoning that percolated Jackie and Roy’s “The Glory of Love”?

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