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Sarah Partridge: You Are There: Songs for My Father

Three years ago in this space, when actress-turned-full-time-vocalist Sarah Partridge’s previous disc, Blame It on My Youth, was in the spotlight, I accused the otherwise likeable singer of a certain emotional vacuity. Unfortunately, the same problem plagues at least three of the 14 tracks that shape this wide-ranging tribute to her late father (a non-musician but serious jazz lover who, says Partridge, “set the tone” for her musical future). While Partridge, perhaps inspired by the album’s theme, captures precisely the right note of familial quietude on such selections as “You Are There” and “The Folks Who Live on the Hill,” there’s no storm in her “Stormy Monday Blues,” no moonlit passion in her “Stars Fell on Alabama” and, most surprising, no real sense of loss in her “We’ll Be Together Again.”

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