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Lovely Standards


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Biography

“Ice Cream Everyday” (Blisslife Records), Amel’s fifth solo album, was released in 2013.

An urban chanteuse by birth, Amel Larrieux grew up in a West Village "artists
building" in New York City, her parents exposing her early to a community of artists and artistic experiences that would mold her eclectic sensibilities. At the age of 18, sure that she wanted ... Read more in Amazon's Amel Larrieux Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bliss Life
  • ASIN: B000O75EZA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Younger Than Springtime
2. Something Wonderful
3. If I Were A Bell
4. You're My Thrill
5. If I Loved You
6. I Like the Sunrise
7. Shadow of Your Smile
8. Try Your Wings
9. Lucky to be Me
10. Wild is the Wind

Editorial Reviews

Singer-songwriter Amel Larrieux and producer Laru Larrieux have treated their much-anticipated leap into the realm of great American standards with great care and passion. The handpicked collection of songs and their nuanced delivery once again exhibit this pair's versatility and devotion to their craft while defying stereotypes. Parlaying Amel's reputation for vulnerable yet intense interpretations of her own songs into an intimate and relevant portrait of classics ranging from Ellington to Rodgers and Hammerstein, this duo proves that there are no boundaries when it comes to making music.

Customer Reviews

Amel has a way with her music.
momochaims
I've listened to the CD twice now and I'm not feeling it even tho I've tried.
Obskure Writer
Most of the songs are boring and uninspired.
Mikeisha Best

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Meow_myx on June 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I LOVE AMEL. I have purchased all of her albums with no regret. However, I'm not too fond of this one. Don't get me wrong, I love the jazzy atmosphere of the album. But Amel shouldn't be soooo... "breathless!" (for lack of a better word). Some songs the music flows nicely, but the harmonies and scats (or whatever it is that she's attempting to do) just don't flow. It's a total mismatch, in my opinion. I've listened to this album 2 times and I'm a bit disappointed that it isn't the album that I had expected. It hasn't really "grabbed" me just yet. I'll continue to listen and might update my rating, but for now it remains. I'll give her an E for effort, though.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kurupt VINE VOICE on June 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Amel is a great vocalist and I have all of her albums going back to when she was with groove theory. Lovely standards is an attempt of amel to do a full jazz cd. The cd is ok at best. A lot of the tracks sound the same and I don't really care for the way she delivers the vocals on some songs. I gave the album three stars because amel has a beautiful voice, I just don't care for the way the lyrics are delivered. If it weren't for her melodic voice i would've rated the album lower. Younger than springtime is a good song that has some good vocals and actually the track sounds slightly different than the majority of the album. This album can be relaxing but is caught somewhere between candle lit dinner music and elevator music. My final thoughts are, if you missed this album it won't be a big loss.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on September 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I usually don't write reviews on Amazon, but with all the negativity from the other posters, I think my point of view might be needed.

This album is certainly nothing like any of Amel's previous albums so we need to get that out of the way first. It is far less produced-sounding and lets her voice come through with - for lack of a better word - a sigh. The music here is very toned down compared to her previous albums, and her voice is light, breezy, and quiet. This must have been her decision to move back to the basics and to let her voice do the talking, not the music. A smart move on her call with all the heavily-produced fodder being put out today.

Aside from that, there are some moments she lets go, sings more deliberately, and the music builds up in a great crescendo - the effect is something god-like and the short samples cannot give any clear indication of how this works out. It's almost like watching the sun to come up on a cool winter's morning.

I'd finally like to comment on those who do not think she has a good enough voice to sing these songs. Her voice is not as deep as most of the singers that she is trying to emulate. Since she cannot sing like them in this sense, she had fit everything on this album for her voice alone - and I believe she did very well. You cannot expect her to sing exactly like the others.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Altizer on June 13, 2007
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After a couple of soulful and enjoyable albums, on this one Amel Larrieux sounds as if she's channeling Rickie Lee Jones. This music doesn't fit the delivery stylings found here. This is not a CD I'll listen to often. If this is a new path for this vocalist, she'll be traveling it with few companions, I predict.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Lovely standards" is Amel Larrieux's fourth release, following a trio of neo soul classics. As its name implies, it comprises covers of standards, most unknown by me. Stripped down to mainly piano, guitar, and some bass, the sound is slow and delicate, the perfect companion to a candle lit dinner. While her phrasing may not be like that of Ella or Billie (as many have pointed out), she does bring her touch to the songs with her breathless, airy delivery and stripped sound. I'm not surprised most do not like this as it is so far removed from her fuller edgier experimental sound, but I'm always open to change.

It is difficult to pick favourites as most of the songs sound alike the first few times you listen. However, I will touch on some of the songs in an attempt to describe the sound.

"Wild is the wind" is stunning and so dreamy with just piano and guitars. My all time favourite version of this song (which was also the first version I heard) is David Bowie's, so I was curious to hear what she would do to this brilliant song, and she pulls it off with her airy delivery (sounding like Norah Jones in parts). This is my favourite song on the album.

"Shadow of your smile" features just delicately plucked guitars as a backdrop to her cascading vocals, while "You're my thrill" has a fuller sound with its tinkling pianos, bass, and whispery percussion. Given a similar treatment are the lovely pair of "Try your wings" and "Lucky to be me" (the latter featuring her most unreined vocals on this album). Closing cut "I like the sunrise" is also given the piano/guitar treatment, but builds to a crescendo with echoing vocals soaring to the sky it seems, against gently crashing cymbals and a throbbing bassline.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bengali on July 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
One word that can describe this compilation, is 'substantial'. Such substance and richness is not often tasted, in an industry where the finest taste - is often spoiled.

I am apalled to see that some cannot comprehend Amel's artistry. Amel is not one of these 'accessible' artists that you have come to expect. Often we are so used to second-rate garbage, that we truly do not know how to ascertain quality.

I am so glad to see that once again this magnificent vocalist BLAZES trails rather than follows them. I could have sworn that I heard the echoes of the Beatnick era of the 60s - whistling through my speakers. A blahzay, and plaintive Amel Larrieux - chanelling John Coltrane with her slender (slight) vocals. Black turtleneck sweaters and bongos, berets and dark glasses. Billowing cigarette smoke swirling around "You're my Thrill". Such ecstacy, and the pleasure was surely mine.

Where would Nina Simone be without a her spirited antagonists, clawing at each eclectic release. Where would the inimitable Shirley Horn be without the stumbling blocks and pitfalls of industry distaste (slow and boring?); or even the great Gloria Lynne (who never recieved her due).

Let us look at this program. Each piece - intentionally uncommon. Each treatment - intentionally unique. Amel does not know how to follow the crowd. Amel is in another realm altogether. Amel is the living embodiment of soul and jazz; the diaspora of world music; the collective understanding of love and loss, pain and pleasure. She represents all that is good that there is. Amel is the Lynn Collins of this era. You will know and remember this album in 10 years. It's too fresh right now.
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