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A Wonderful World by Tony Bennett, and k.d. lang, Audio CD
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Artist(s):Tony Bennett - k.d. lang
Media:Audio CD
Release Date:November 5, 2002
Label:Sony
UPC: 0696998673427
Tracks:Disc 1

1. Exactly Like You
2. La Vie En Rose
3. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
4. You Can Depend On Me
5. What A Wonderful World
6. That's My Home
7. A Kiss To Build A Dream On
8. I Wonder
9. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
10. You Can't Lose A Broken Heart
11. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
12. If We Never Meet Again


Never mind the project's odd couple, "He's got a girlfriend; so does she" marketing shuck. This is a musical love affair in all its splendor. Produced by the seemingly chameleonic producer T Bone Burnett (who previously revived traditional bluegrass with spectacular success on O Brother, Where Art Thou?), the septuagenarian legend and his unlikely contemporary foil affectionately court a dozen songs from the Louis Armstrong repertoire with the warmth and natural grace that have been a deceptively effortless Bennett trademark for 50-plus years. The pair kick proceedings off with a playful, irony-free "Exactly Like You," then perform a tender vocal waltz across both the ages and the masterful, sympathetic orchestrations of the late Peter Matz, one of Bennett's longtime collaborators. But it's on the more melancholy performances, like "If We Never Meet Again," "I'm Confessin'," and the Armstrong perennials "Wonderful World" and "Lucky Old Sun," that the pair tap into something akin to timeless musical telepathy. Her own talents hardly in need of burnishing, lang invests the project with some gratifying new smokiness and is rewarded with a postgraduate course in saloon singing for the ages. It's an album that begs the best kind of question: When do we get an encore? --Jerry McCulley
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