Mojo (Publisher) - p.1083 stars out of 5
- "Once more it's the open-top bus ride down memory lane for those who recall the songwriting joys of Gershwin, Kern, Cole Porter, etc....The songs, of course, are impeccable."
Personnel: Carly Simon (vocals); Vin "Vinny" D'Onofrio, Vin "Vinny" D'Onofrio (guitar); Sam Fischer, Mark Robertson , Shalini Vijayan, Samuel Formicola (violin); Danny Seidenberg (viola); Victor Lawrence (cello); William Galison (harmonica); Alex Navarro (string synthesizer); Chris Golden (bass instrument); John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro, John Ferraro (drums); Sammy Merendino (percussion, programming, drum programming); Doug Webb (flute, clarinet, saxophone, stritch); Tom Evans (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone); Larry Lunetta (trumpet); Mike Thompson (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, string synthesizer, vibraphone); Jim Cox (piano); Andy Chukerman (synthesizer, string synthesizer).
Audio Mixer: Bobby Ginsburg.
Photographer: Bob Gothard.
Arrangers: Richard Perry; Mike Thompson ; Andy Chukerman; Lauren Wild.
Since 1981's TORCH, Carly Simon has recorded three more collections of pre-rock standards. 2005's MOONLIGHT SERENADE is the best of the lot, and one of the best albums of standards yet recorded by a singer of Simon's generation. It beats the pants off of similar sets by Linda Ronstadt and Rod Stewart, for example. For one thing, Simon is simply a great singer, even at this late stage in her career; she's taken care of her instrument, and her tone throughout MOONLIGHT SERENADE is superb, as is her increasingly jazzy and unconventional phrasing. (Listen to her subtle but effective vibrato on "All The Things You Are," for starters.) More importantly, Simon chooses songs to suit her voice, not her audience's expectations, which means that along withsuch familiar tunes as "I Only Have Eyes For You," listeners are treated to readings of relative obscurities like "My One and Only Love" instead of the umpteenth rendition of "Stardust."