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Chances

October 14, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Label: Outside Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 Outside Music
  • Total Length: 33:43
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  • ASIN: B001GXTYEI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,894 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Found this album by accident.
yellowbus
I love the `widescreen' production on this - the production values, recording quality, the mix and the mastering are fabulous.
Carsten Knoch
One of my favorite songs is "Wishing Well", but there are several others that I like almost as much.
Bama Girl

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carsten Knoch on January 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Jill Barber is a Halifax-based... traditional jazz singer? Swing singer? Country singer? Torch singer? Maybe "western swing," antiquated as it sounds, is a good genre for her. I had previously heard, and loved, her album For All Time, which was a little more country and r&b, and a little less jazz.

This record is "fully orchestrated," meaning that she's accompanied by a band and an orchestra. This open up musical opportunities: her voice lends itself well to this slighty twangy big band canvas. And what a lovely voice it is: Jill Barber's tone is straight-up like Norah Jones, full like Fiona Apple (but not as angry), playful like Marilyn Monroe (why not use her as a comparison...?), and she has the sort of sure-footed pitch and phrasing that indicates a professional singer's long apprenticeship. She also has something magical that can't be articulated easily: her voice is engaging, interesting and - ultimately - unforgettable.

Three songs are co-written by Barber with Ron Sexsmith, who elevates Barber's already quite fabulous game to an entirely new level. These are gems - songs that would have been chart hits 50 or 60 years ago and that will inevitably deserve a much wider audience than they'll get.

I love the `widescreen' production on this - the production values, recording quality, the mix and the mastering are fabulous. This CD has one of the widest soundstages I've heard in a while. Kudos to producer/arranger Les Cooper. The musicianship is flawless, too, and there are some nice touches in the instrumentation (flute, fiddle, vibes).

Standout tracks for me are "Chances," "Oh My My" (which I think is completely fantastic in a sort of secular gospel way and imagine to be great live) and "Never Quit Loving You.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bama Girl on November 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I ordered 3 copies of this CD last month from the Canadian distributor because I had listened several times to the entire CD via Jill Barber's website. I kept one for myself and gave one to my cousin. I can't say enough good things about this CD. Both my cousin and I love it, but it's hard to categorize. The songs are all originals; most (I think all) were either written or co-written by Jill Barber. She's managed to knock the nasal tone out of her voice while still retaining her unusual, but appealing vocal quality. Barber doesn't have a twang to her voice, but I still think her voice falls broadly into the country/folk or alt-country/folk category. I'd be interested to see how others categorize her. I would classify this as old-style country, when instrumentals were not so definitively in the style of country (there are no fiddles here). On many songs, there's a sweeping instrumental sound, which reminded me a bit of Nelson Riddle's style on his recordings with Linda Ronstadt, but the orchestration is not that predictable.

As for the songs, they are a mix of somewhat jazzy ballads and some faster tempo, upbeat songs; the latter include at least one swing tune. The musicians are very talented; on one song, I think I hear a marimba, which is rather unusual. Most of the songs have a romantic theme, but they're not sugary sweet. One of my favorite songs is "Wishing Well", but there are several others that I like almost as much. "Leaving You", a swing tune, is another one of my favorites. There's not a bad song on the CD; I imagine that "Chances", "Old Flame", "Never Quit Loving You" and "One More Time" will be favorites for many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yellowbus on July 9, 2013
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Found this album by accident. But what a great find. If you like Norah Jones. Liz Wright or Jaime Paul music you will enjoy this album
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A voice and style in the style of Patsy Cline, Ertha Kitt, Billie Holiday, and Marilyn Monroe--but totally original. What a find.
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