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Lisa Ekdahl|Back To Earth

Back To Earth

Lisa Ekdahl, Peter Nordahl Trio

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At first, Lisa Ekdahl's squeaky, girlish voice may seem inappropriate for the pop standards she has chosen to make her trade, but given some time, her voice and laid-back style become endearing. True, she occasionally seems mannered and borrows heavily from her inspirations (most notably Billie Holiday), but she shows signs of developing her own style throughout her second American album, Back to Earth. Like its predecessor, When Did You Leave Heaven, Back to Earth was recorded with the Peter Nordahl Trio and has a charming mellow vibe. Nordahl has an elegant turn of phrase and his rhythm section -- drummer Ronnie Gardiner and bassist Patrik Boman -- has a light touch that keeps the focus on Ekdahl. It is true that her voice may strike some listeners as odd, but it's girlish, not thin, which means she can nail the emotions of the songs. There may be a few missteps here and there, but she delivers ballads ("What Is This Thing Called Love?," "The Laziest Gal in Town," "Now or Never") as well as swing ("Down with Love," "I Get a Kick Out of You"). Yes, the selections are a little predictable and Ekdahl is a bit of an acquired taste, but ultimately, Back to Earth is quite charming.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Stranger On Earth
00:03:41

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Rick Ward, Composer - Rick Ward, Lyricist - Mike Moran, Engineer - Sid Feller, Composer - Sid Feller, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden AB

2
Nature Boy
00:04:48

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - Eden Ahbez, Composer - Eden Ahbez, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden AB

3
Now or Never
00:03:35

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - C.R. Lewis, Composer - C.R. Lewis, Lyricist - Billie Holiday, Composer - Billie Holiday, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

4
Laziest Girl In Town
00:06:12

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - Cole Porter, Composer - Cole Porter, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden AB

5
It Had to Be You
00:03:09

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - Isham Jones, Composer - Isham Jones, Lyricist - Gus Kahn, Composer - Gus Kahn, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden AB

6
Down With Love
00:01:37

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Harold Arlen, Composer - Harold Arlen, Lyricist - Mike Moran, Engineer - E.Y. Harburg, Composer - E.Y. Harburg, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

7
What Is This Thing Called Love
00:05:04

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - Cole Porter, Composer - Cole Porter, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

8
Tea for Two
00:05:29

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - Vincent Youmans, Composer - Vincent Youmans, Lyricist - Irving Caesar, Composer - Irving Caesar, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

9
The Lonely One
00:03:20

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - R. Heller, Composer - R. Heller, Lyricist - Mike Moran, Engineer - Lennie Hambro, Lyricist - Lennie Hambro, Composer

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

10
I Get A Kick Out Of You
00:03:20

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - Cole Porter, Composer - Cole Porter, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

11
Just For A Thrill
00:03:25

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Lillian Hardin Armstrong, Composer - Lillian Hardin Armstrong, Lyricist - Mike Moran, Engineer - D. Raye, Composer - D. Raye, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

12
Night And Day
00:04:32

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - Cole Porter, Composer - Cole Porter, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

13
Plaintive Rumba
00:06:22

Lisa Ekdahl, Vocal - Mike Moran, Engineer - Peter Nordahl Trio, Composer - Peter Nordahl Trio, Lyricist

(P) 1998 BMG Sweden

Album Description

At first, Lisa Ekdahl's squeaky, girlish voice may seem inappropriate for the pop standards she has chosen to make her trade, but given some time, her voice and laid-back style become endearing. True, she occasionally seems mannered and borrows heavily from her inspirations (most notably Billie Holiday), but she shows signs of developing her own style throughout her second American album, Back to Earth. Like its predecessor, When Did You Leave Heaven, Back to Earth was recorded with the Peter Nordahl Trio and has a charming mellow vibe. Nordahl has an elegant turn of phrase and his rhythm section -- drummer Ronnie Gardiner and bassist Patrik Boman -- has a light touch that keeps the focus on Ekdahl. It is true that her voice may strike some listeners as odd, but it's girlish, not thin, which means she can nail the emotions of the songs. There may be a few missteps here and there, but she delivers ballads ("What Is This Thing Called Love?," "The Laziest Gal in Town," "Now or Never") as well as swing ("Down with Love," "I Get a Kick Out of You"). Yes, the selections are a little predictable and Ekdahl is a bit of an acquired taste, but ultimately, Back to Earth is quite charming.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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