Suzy Bogguss - Swing

Suzy Bogguss


T.J. Simon's #13 album for 2003

First Appeared at The Music Box, September 2003, Volume 10, #9

Written by T.J. Simon


Country singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss teamed-up with several members of Asleep at the Wheel to record her new album Swing, and in doing so, she capitalizes upon the sultry musical minimalism recently re-popularized by Norah Jones. Boggussí new effort features a dozen songs ó all within the swing genre ó but itís miles from the boisterous style played by The Brian Setzer Orchestra or Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Instead, she and her co-producer (Asleep at the Wheelís Ray Benson) have chosen a jazzier approach that incorporates elements of Western Swing balladry and gentle bluesiness to moody and alluring results.

In the liner notes, Bogguss recalls her mother listening to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald records on Saturday mornings while cleaning the house. Itís from this world that Bogguss finds her inspiration on Swing. Most of the album draws from the songwriting of others including Nat King Coleís Straighten Up and Fly Right and Duke Ellingtonís Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me. Five of the best tracks, however, were written by contemporary songwriter April Barrows, including the albumís shining moment Cupid Shot Us Both with One Arrow, a duet of Bogguss and Benson that repeatedly beckons the listener back. While nothing on this CD can be deemed original, itís the perfect soundtrack for slow dancing with your sweetie in the kitchen while the spaghetti boils over. starstarstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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