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Tell Me On A Sunday by Denise Van Outen
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This 2003 cast recording is an update of a song cycle by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Don Black. First produced in London in 1982 as half of an evening titled Song and Dance, Tell Me on a Sunday is pretty much a one-woman show and a vehicle for a versatile singer with strong acting skills (Bernadette Peters won a Tony for it in 1985). This time, Denise Van Outen, a Chicago alum, takes on the role of the young British woman who goes to New York in order to get over a broken heart. Overall, this is one of Sir Lloyd Webber's most rocking scores, even if too often the results sound like the work of someone desperately trying to sound au courant. "Haven in the Sky," for instance, is a quasi-dance track with a trip-hop beat. When the heroine goes to L.A., the tone turns to folk-rock ("Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad"), but the composer is defeated by Black's clunky lyrics. Kudos to Van Outen for infusing perky charm into even the tritest moments. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches; 2.5 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Verve
- Item model number : 076174-2
- Original Release Date : 2003
- Run time : 1 hour and 4 minutes
- Date First Available : November 29, 2006
- Label : Verve
- ASIN : B000092PSR
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #324,542 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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"Tell Me on a Sunday" can be described as a "song cycle," which is a set of songs which tell a cohesive story. Franz Schubert did it centuries ago with his "Die Schöne Müllerin" and "Die Winterreise." This one is about a young English woman who moves to New York City. She doesn't actually say what she plans on doing there. She sounds more like an indefinite tourist. She gets into the dating scene, meets and has affairs with several men (one is even married), who pass in and out of her life. Throughout the cycle we get reports of what is going on with her via letters to her mother in England. By the end she is currently alone but forever hopeful that the right guy eventually will come along.
I would recommend this recording for any collectors, as it is quite different from any other version you may own. But it's a fine, well-produced recording even for those not familiar with the piece. Denise Van Outen is a competent artist who captures the spirit and humor of the songs very adequately.
Denise's voice is young and fresh (her accent is too british, though hahaha). I love the way she sings the ballads (My favorite are: Nothing like you've ever known, Tell me on a sunday and Unexpected song).
I think that among the two other versions, this one has more songs of the show on the cd, so you can actually "see" the play in your mind while listening to it.
So give yourself a chance, and buy this album. It contains the lyrics so you can sing along if you're too inspired hahaha
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PS I have since found out that my new partner has the LP version by Marti Webb so I will be able to compare them better - when I find a record player!
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Basic plot is the same, but lots of changed lyrics and Denise Van Outen makes this version her own.