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Slant Review Completely Crushes Cheek 2 Cheek

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http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/tony-bennett-lady-gaga-cheek-to-cheek


 


Slant Magazine gave Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's collaboration album only TWO stars.


In case you can't be bothered to read it, here are the highlights of the review.


 


 


It’s the oldest trick in the book: Past-prime pop singer attempts to boost his or her relevance in the face of dwindling sales and hastily changing trends by commissioning the help of a hotter, more bankable artist. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheekis the latest product of such a collaboration—except I’m not referring to the octogenarian Bennett, who, after 60-plus years in the business, is selling more albums than ever before, but to Gaga, whose free-fall from the upper echelons of pop has been as precipitous as her rise was meteoric.


 


Despite her claims that she grew up listening to the jazz greats, Gaga comes off more as a dilettante than an aficionado on Cheek to Cheek, a collection of duets with the seasoned Bennett. (Between Madonna, Bowie, Motley Crue, and now Ella and Billie, it’s hard to keep track of just how many posters adorned her bedroom walls as a child.) As far as the music itself (and her performance), here’s what they had to say about her delivery: On songs like the Cole Porter standard “Anything Goes†and the title track, Gaga sounds like what she thinks a jazz singer should sound like; her performances are blatantly affected, marred by shouting and clichéd phrasing. She displays a total dearth of the vocal precision and enunciation that made her so-called idols the masters they were; her timbre on eden ahbez’s “Nature Boy,†for instance, is wildly inconsistent, shifting from soft and almost pleasant to parodic and comical, often within just a few short bars.


 


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