Album Review : Cheek To Cheek

Album  Review                      :           Cheek To Cheek

Artists                                    :           Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Genre                                    :           Jazz

Date Released                      :           2014


It was quite brave for Lady Gaga to shift gears early on her career. We only need to find out if the move was a decision. It may come as a surprise for most of her fans considering that the genre she chose is quite far what demographics of her fans will want to appreciate.  As a whole, the album tried to present that Lady Gaga is meant for jazz considering the repertoire she put in this record.  She wanted it to be fun, serious, a showcase of her talent, and an in your face approach that she doesn’t care about her popularity.

She tried to make it fun with “Cheek to Cheek” but in some parts of the song, she minced the lyrics and I could not understand what she telling about in this song.  Enunciating the words correctly so that listeners hear the words as it is intended to is very crucial in jazz records. This is because most jazz songs have intelligent lyrics.  In “Anything Goes,” she will have a hard time convincing jazz enthusiasts that she is indeed meant for jazz as her version pales in comparison with other singers who rendered this song before her.

There is no question with Tony Bennett solos in this album. He is well versed with the songs and the genre. The problem here is Lady Gaga in some ways. Most legendary singers sing these songs via diaphragm technique. Lady Gaga tend to use head tone when she sang the songs in these album. As a result, listeners might feel dizzy after listening to the whole album.   Take for example her rendition of “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” she tried so hard to do it seriously that she miss on the emotions that song was supposed to give.  Simply Red version of this song was way better than hers.

Personally, the collaboration just work nice, that’s it. Lady Gaga could have killed it had she opted to create a single theme or context in this record.  The whole record was meant to impress, instead of the real intent to introduce pop fans to jazz music.  Had there been a unified theme, fans could have relayed it to their personal moments.  There might have been some consistency in terms of vocal performance.  You can borrow the album or buy if you have extra money and wait for her next jazz album and wait if it is better.  I rate this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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