Lovely Standards Amel Larrieux kicks off Standards promisingly with "If I Were a Bell," a kooky classic that brings out her playful side. Still, the chanteuse has… Lovely Standards Amel Larrieux kicks off Standards promisingly with "If I Were a Bell," a kooky classic that brings out her playful side. Still, the chanteuse has… 2007-05-22 Amel Larrieux R&B
Music Review

Lovely Standards (2007)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 22, 2007; Lead Performance: Amel Larrieux; Genre: R&B

Amel Larrieux kicks off Standards promisingly with ''If I Were a Bell,'' a kooky classic that brings out her playful side. Still, the chanteuse has been predisposed to melancholy ever since she began her career in the neo-soul precursors Groove Theory. This disc, sadly, stays that course. Larrieux handles ballads like Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Something Wonderful'' with appropriate tenderness — but were she to tackle more upbeat numbers (say, a jaunty Cole Porter joint), this lovely set would gain some much-needed sass. DOWNLOAD THIS: I Like the Sunrise

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints
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