McKay, Nellie

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McKay, Nellie - Normal as Blueberry Pie Normal as Blueberry Pie
Pop New - LP B0013218 Verve
Sealed 2009 180gm HQ Vinyl With Custom Hype Sticker on Shrink. Cut Through Bar Code on Back. “If Vocal Fans Were Forced To Predict The Honoree For A Nellie McKay Tribute Album, Most Would Have Gone Far Down The List Before Eventually Happening Upon The Winner, Doris Day. (Granted, McKay Had Penned Her Praise Of Day Two Years Earlier In An Article For The New York Times Review Of Books.) But Even Though Her Lyrics And Attitude Are Another Story (Or Another Era), McKay Has A Pure But Nuanced Voice That Was Always A Good Match For Day's, And Her Concern For Animal Rights Is Even Closer (Just Check The Liner Notes For Evidence). It's Clear To See Also That She Truly Honors Her Subject; She Arranged And Selected Nearly All Of The Songs On The Album, And Even Plays All The Instruments On The Opener, "The Very Thought Of You" (That Would Be Vocals, Piano, Organ, And Bells). The Selection Choices Shy Away From Day's Hits; Only "Sentimental Journey" Appears From A List Of Doris Day's Biggest, While "Secret Love," "Day By Day," "Come To Baby, Do," And "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" Are Left Behind. Many Of The Songs Play Up Doris Day The Coquette, With "Do Do Do" And "Mean To Me" Coming Across Just As Sweet As The Originals (Actually, Sweeter). The Arrangements Are Strictly Small-Group, Which Is Slightly Surprising Granted That The Originals Were Either Big-Band Swingers Or Highly Orchestrated Pop, But Mckay Shines Here Too, Posing Most Of The Charts Halfway Between Cabaret And Broadway. The Long Tradition Of Stagecraft (As Well As Songcraft) Honors The Fact That A Performer Can Inhabit Any Character She Wishes. The Success Of The Project Obviously Hinges On McKay Herself, And She Brings It Off Thanks To One Of The Most Affecting Voices In Modern Music, A Bewitching Way Of Humanizing Her Songs, And Her Ability To Echo Day's Sincerity And Joi De Vivre (Even If It Is A Performance).” – John Bush, All Music Guide.... more details
 
McKay, Nellie - Normal As Blueberry Pie Normal As Blueberry Pie
Pop New - LP B0013218 Verve
Sealed 2009 Limited Edition 180gm HQ Original With Custom Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. “If Vocal Fans Were Forced To Predict The Honoree For A Nellie McKay Tribute Album, Most Would Have Gone Far Down The List Before Eventually Happening Upon The Winner, Doris Day. (Granted, McKay Had Penned Her Praise Of Day Two Years Earlier In An Article For The New York Times Review Of Books.) But Even Though Her Lyrics And Attitude Are Another Story (Or Another Era), McKay Has A Pure But Nuanced Voice That Was Always A Good Match For Day's, And Her Concern For Animal Rights Is Even Closer (Just Check The Liner Notes For Evidence). It's Clear To See Also That She Truly Honors Her Subject; She Arranged And Selected Nearly All Of The Songs On The Album, And Even Plays All The Instruments On The Opener, "The Very Thought Of You" (That Would Be Vocals, Piano, Organ, And Bells). The Selection Choices Shy Away From Day's Hits; Only "Sentimental Journey" Appears From A List Of Doris Day's Biggest, While "Secret Love," "Day By Day," "Come To Baby, Do," And "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" Are Left Behind. Many Of The Songs Play Up Doris Day The Coquette, With "Do Do Do" And "Mean To Me" Coming Across Just As Sweet As The Originals (Actually, Sweeter). The Arrangements Are Strictly Small-Group, Which Is Slightly Surprising Granted That The Originals Were Either Big-Band Swingers Or Highly Orchestrated Pop, But Mckay Shines Here Too, Posing Most Of The Charts Halfway Between Cabaret And Broadway. The Long Tradition Of Stagecraft (As Well As Songcraft) Honors The Fact That A Performer Can Inhabit Any Character She Wishes. The Success Of The Project Obviously Hinges On McKay Herself, And She Brings It Off Thanks To One Of The Most Affecting Voices In Modern Music, A Bewitching Way Of Humanizing Her Songs, And Her Ability To Echo Day's Sincerity And Joi De Vivre (Even If It Is A Performance).” – John Bush, All Music Guide.... more details
 

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