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ONE WAY Recommends [Issue #10]
De-lovely
By Lynne Bronstein

Original Sound Track Various Artists (CD Columbia)

Why should I be recommending an album of Cole Porter songs in a pop music publication? I’m recommending it not just because it features a bevy of contemporary artists, but because these songs remind us of what a debt popular music owes to Cole Porter. Combining a classicist’s skill for complex yet memorable melodies with modern, even hip, lyrics, Porter wrote songs that have appealed to pop artists from the Four Seasons to Pete Townshend to U2. De-Lovely’s soundtrack presents not rocked-up interpretations of Cole Porter, but faithful-to-the-period renditions by popular singers who appear in the movie tricked out in 1920s-30s  outfits. Mick Hucknall of Simply Red even gets to play and sing the role of Nelson Eddy, MGM’s musical star. Fortunately, Hucknall’s sweet high voice is easier to take than Eddy’s. Unfortunately, he gets to sing one of the least inspired Porter tunes, “I Love You,” written to prove to Louis B. Mayer that Cole could write “conventional” love lyrics. But wilder, wittier, Porter classics are performed with panache by singers you might not expect to hear them from. Elvis Costello doing a cheerful “Let’s Misbehave” is an obvious choice, but get ready for Sheryl Crow abandoning her usual squeakiness for a pure, bluesy performance of “Begin the Beguine.” Alanis Morissette is in a happier mode than usual with “Let’s Do it,” Robbie Williams for once concedes his penchant for notoriety with an authentic ‘20s crooner’s rendition of the title song, and Diana Krall does a smooth “Just One of Those Things.” A special shout-out here goes to newer Columbia artist Vivian Green, whose moody take on “Love For Sale,” is the album’s high point. Kevin Kline, who plays Cole Porter, gets into the spirit with the energetic “Be A Clown” and an assist to John Barrowman on the admittedly difficult-to-sing “Night and Day.”
De-Lovely will be enjoyed by those who may have been put off by the 1989 rock star Cole Porter tribute, Red Hot and Blue. For those who don’t know his work, this will be a delightful, de-lovely introduction.


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