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Though admittedly this CD was not immediately my to-die-for favorite from Jane, I listened to it a lot on several road trips from San Francisco to So. California and I have grown to appreciate it more and more. I enjoyed her duet with John Pizzarelli in "Tonight You Belong To Me," and also her arrangement and rendition of "Look For The Silver Lining." My wife and I enjoyed her performance in the Bay Area back in June, and eagerly anticipated the release "Home." This is one CD that will stay in my iPod for a long time. Highly recommended.
Last night I pulled out a very old issue of Victoria (November 1995) from my collection and re-read an article written by Madeleine L'Engle titled "Giving Love A Memory, Melody A Tune." The above quote caught my fancy and it stirred and reactivated my spirit-to-write, which has been back-burnered for a long time because of my other passion--jewelry designing and handcrafting--which is very time-consuming. As a result, I have lost my "Top 500 Reviewer" status. I have been unfaithful so my dear AMZN took it away from me! :( Although I'm not really particular about ranking, it's always marvelous to have a badge of "Top Reviewer." It's a great feeling and it makes a reviewer more enthused and inspired in the process. One of my New Year's resolutions is to write more reviews--at least two to three CDs a week--if time permits. I love reviewing music and intend to keep it going as I still have more unreviewed CDs from my collection and if ever I run out of it, it's time to tackle my late father's collection of vinyl records. :)
Jane Monheit's "Home" reflects an understated sophistication that restores the time-tested standards to their original splendor. It is the kind of music that "heals and releases emotions." It exudes a wide range of emotions from gladness to sadness, from bliss to loneliness. And when you listen to it with someone special, it indeed becomes "more than music.Read more ›
I download music, so don't have any liner notes that might explain the thinking behind the project; perhaps the offhandedness is the point. But "Home" feels almost UNproduced, as if Monheit and her musicians simply sat down and did their thing; it sounds as if the recordings were done live, and left as is. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but neither does it suggest a guiding hand that might have created a cohesive whole out of its disparate parts.
As far as the selection of tunes, it's less interesting to me than on previous discs. ("I'll Be Around" being a notable exception.) The one new tune is negligible, and I could do without the cutesy duet with John Pizzarelli.
If you're a Monheit fan, you're going to get the album, and will, hopefully, like it more than I. But if you're just looking into this remarkably talented performer, this isn't the album with which to start.
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I bought this for my husband. He didn't say much and he loves Jane, so I expect he was disappointed and didn't want to hurt my feelings.Published 14 months ago by A. Buchmann
This is my new favorite CD. I play it several times a day. The songs are classics and the voice is beautiful. I'm a new fan and will be buying more of Jane Monheit's music. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lindinva
I have been a fan for a long time. Keep making great music Jane.Published 21 months ago by christy swaim
As per usual her singing and song choices are excellent. I would highly recommend this album and believe she will be around for a long time making great music.Published 23 months ago by James E. Rose
Another great CD from an even greater vocalist. This lady has a golden voice and can swing a jazz chart or leave you breathless on a ballad.Published on October 18, 2013 by Charles Braun
Jane has come back Home to her roots here--great jazzy performances and her voice is in peak form. This is what she does best.Published on October 4, 2013 by RICHARD DIMARIO
I usually get every Jane Monheit album the minute it's released, but for some reason, I skipped this one until now. I'm sorry i waited so long!Published on May 9, 2013 by K. Adkins