When, three years ago, Carol Welsman delivered the rather underwhelming I Like Men: Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee, who knew it represented a stylistic turning point? Welsman has always been an extremely warm singer, but never what you’d describe as dewy or fragile. Across all 14 of the exploration-themed tunes that fill Journey, the Canadian chanteuse and pianist continues her tilt Lee-ward, precisely echoing Peggy’s breathy, ethereal style. By and large it works, largely because Welsman is as intelligent an interpreter as Lee was.
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