The voice is as glorious as ever, and the interpretive skills, particularly on an “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (the album’s sole cover) as delicate as cherub wings, remain impeccable. But this time around, Carmen Lundy the songwriter doesn’t always reach the same lofty plateaus as Lundy the singer. Among the eight originals that fill out Changes, several are extremely good. Lundy’s opener, the dark, mysterious “The Night Is Young,” is invitingly seductive. “So Beautiful” skillfully explores the deep passion of true soul mates. “Dance the Dance” is a lovely ode to self-expression. And “Love Thy Neighbor” goes beyond “Move On,” the rousing condemnation of racial intolerance that Lundy penned for her previous album, Solamente, widening her prayer for egalitarianism to include all varieties of narrow-mindedness.
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