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Love For Sale

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Jazz - Released October 1, 2021 | Columbia Records - Interscope Records

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Cheek To Cheek, a surprising discographic encounter between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, was one of 2014's more pleasant surprises. The unlikely duo had some fun revisiting the Great American Songbook (Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington) with a sense of mischief, playfulness and a certain class. Despite his age, Sinatra's favourite singer proved, at the dawn of his 90s, that he was still an unbeatable crooner. But the biggest surprise was from Lady Gaga and her unique, spot-on timbre, which can excel in other material and not just Poker Face... Seven years on, the two stars, 60 years apart, set off on a second adventure that proved as delicious as the first, this time devoted entirely to the repertoire of Cole Porter. Backed up by a gleaming big band with five-star brass and silky strings, the evergreen Night & Day, Love For Sale and I Get a Kick Out of You have all the charm of old luxury cars, the softness of leather club chairs and the smoothness of velvet. There are no surprises, and no formal revolutions, in this pair's mischievous vocal jousting: just the pleasure of an hour of retro vocal jazz done just right, a passport out of the tumult of the present day. Salutary. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Love For Sale

Tony Bennett

Jazz - Released October 1, 2021 | Columbia Records - Interscope Records

Cheek To Cheek, a surprising discographic encounter between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, was one of 2014's more pleasant surprises. The unlikely duo had some fun revisiting the Great American Songbook (Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington) with a sense of mischief, playfulness and a certain class. Despite his age, Sinatra's favourite singer proved, at the dawn of his 90s, that he was still an unbeatable crooner. But the biggest surprise was from Lady Gaga and her unique, spot-on timbre, which can excel in other material and not just Poker Face... Seven years on, the two stars, 60 years apart, set off on a second adventure that proved as delicious as the first, this time devoted entirely to the repertoire of Cole Porter. Backed up by a gleaming big band with five-star brass and silky strings, the evergreen Night & Day, Love For Sale and I Get a Kick Out of You have all the charm of old luxury cars, the softness of leather club chairs and the smoothness of velvet. There are no surprises, and no formal revolutions, in this pair's mischievous vocal jousting: just the pleasure of an hour of retro vocal jazz done just right, a passport out of the tumult of the present day. Salutary. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Love For Sale

Tony Bennett

Jazz - Released October 1, 2021 | Columbia Records - Interscope Records

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recorded Love for Sale, their second duet album, with the knowledge that it was likely the last from Bennett. Back in 2016, two years before the sessions for Love for Sale started, Bennett received a positive diagnosis for Alzheimer's. By the time Love for Sale was released in 2021, he'd officially retired from live performances. The Gaga collaboration wasn't billed as Bennett's final album, but given his health and advanced age (he turned 95 in 2021), Love for Sale is more likely than not a farewell. The record doesn't have the gravity of a final statement, though. It's light and sweet, containing 12 breezy renditions of Cole Porter warhorses. Bennett's sung these songs his entire career but he still delivers them with a grin. Gaga takes her cue from Bennett, adding a bit of humor to her phrasing which helps temper her tendency toward the theatrical. The contrast is clear: Gaga sings with total awareness of the audience, hitting her marks with a sense of flair, while Bennett is pleasing the crowd with casual charm. It's a nice dynamic, one that gives the album a pulse and helps distract from the slight air of televised variety shows that permeate the record. This isn't a record where the songs and arrangements are at the forefront, it's an album that's all about the show and spectacle. Its pleasures are slightly fleeting but they're pleasures all the same. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo