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Carly Simon

Into White

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This isn't the first time gifted singer/songwriter Carly Simon has rifled through the pages of The Great American Songbook. Beginning with 1980's Torch, she's released four other collections of pop standards. Luckily, this collection finds the performer blurring the boundaries of bygone decades. The once-prolific writer has only included a single self-penned song on the disc. Instead, she chooses to revisit a mixed bag of traditional material, brightly pairing it with '60s and '70s album rock. In this world, a winsome take on Lennon/McCartney's "Blackbird" and the Cat Stevens title track flow nicely with oft-recycled fare such as "Over The Rainbow" and -- an odd yet pleasing choice -- "Oh! Susanna." It's almost like she's trying a bit too hard to please the already-satiated adult contemporary market, but at least she's offering an impressive selection of tastefully restrained tracks for her listeners to enjoy. 4 stars

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