Siegel is best known as a long-term member
of Manhattan Transfer but she has also
made many solo albums, of which this is
her ninth. On this CD, Janis performs
songs by a wide range of contemporary
composers, including Stevie Wonder, Suzanne
Vega, Paul Simon and Annie Lennox. Most
of the songs are given Latin-American
backings, which suit Siegel’s seductive
style very well. The sound of Edmar Castaneda’s
Colombian harp adds piquancy to several
tracks, especially A Wish (Valentine)
where he duets sensitively with Siegel.
is difficulty to pick out particular numbers,
as the singing and musicianship are impeccable
on every track. The optimistic mood of
the album is clear in songs like the title-track
and Raul Midon’s Make It Better.
The Suitcase Song has the sort
of warmth one associates with Sergio Mendes.
Paul Simon’s Love is given a haunting
rocking rhythm, while Lizz Wright’s Till
Then is performed by Janis entirely
in all, a delightful album made extra
special by Edsel Gomez’s thoughtful arrangements
and Janis Siegel’s tasteful singing.