Andrea Wolper says the album’s title reflects her refusal to be restricted in her musical excavation, exploring all genres that strike her fancy. True enough. But, in considering Parallel Lives‘ dozen selections and her interpretations of them, there seems an alternate meaning. Refusing, in utterly refreshing ways, to follow each song’s furrowed emotive path, she instead opens them up to wider examination, demonstrating that for each yin there is a yang. So an expectedly sunny tune like Lionel Bart’s “Who Will Buy?” is purposefully clouded, and the sweet virtuousness of Richard Rodgers’ “Something Good” is underscored with a delicious hint of larceny.
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