Moonlight Serenade

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Carly Simon

Compared with the general loveliness of Torch, Carly Simon’s 1981 set of standards, this generic collection, Moonlight Serenade, a reunion with ”You’re So Vain” producer Richard Perry, disappoints. With the rubber-chicken supper-club stylings of the title track, a drowsily synthesized ”I Only Have Eyes for You,” and a clumsy speed-up of Harry James’ ”The More I See You,” it’s up to Simon’s voice — with its shadings of Rosemary Clooney — to rescue the proceedings from disaster. It comes close.

Originally posted July 18 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT

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