Monica Mancini by Monica Mancini
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Singer Monica Mancini's tribute to her father Henry
's music is well-crafted, apparently good-intentioned, and thoroughly unexciting in its tastefulness. Floating in a sea of orchestration, she delivers song after song about a "Crazy World" in which "The Days of Wine and Roses" too quickly pass, but she holds her head up and follows "Anywhere the Heart Goes"--including, and especially, to "Dreamsville." A perfectly acceptable album of its kind, Monica Mancini
thankfully escapes the aura of cash-in that surrounded Natalie Cole
's record of her own dad's signature pieces. That that's the most praiseworthy aspect of the attempt, however, is hardly enough to make listening more than a chore. --Rickey Wright