If Kevin Spacey’s character in 2004’s Beyond the Sea can be believed, Bobby Darin was always pushing himself toward a higher artistic level. Not satisfied with conquering the teenybopper market, he became a crooner and later a folk singer. The new-millennium young lions in Waverly Seven pay homage to Darin in a two-disc set of songs he performed throughout his career. The group houses several creative soloists, but many of the arrangements don’t echo Darin’s drive. Of the 24 songs on Yo! Bobby, many are standards that Darin just happened to perform (“The Good Life,” “Skylark,” “All the Way”). Others, like “Splish Splash” and “Mack the Knife,” were his signature pieces. You have to wonder why they omitted “Beyond the Sea,” “Dream Lover” or even “If I Were a Carpenter,” all of which would have come off just as well as or better than the retro swing/R&B take of “Splish Splash.”
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