A year or more ago, my friend, ME, put me onto Pink Martini. I've since become a devotee. I absolutely love their music. And part of what makes their music so enjoyable is vocalist China Forbes. Her vocal range is enchanting, her abilities as a lyricist / songwriter are amusing, and her personality is warm. Combine her talents with those of Harvard classmate Thomas Lauderdale and you have a selection of music that is fun, lively, and easy on the ear.
I wish I could say the same of Ms. Forbes' recently released solo album '78. She certainly retains all that makes her enchanting, but this album just feels flat on the ear. The lyrics are poetic, but the delivery isn't there. '78 brings anticipation of originality and delivers redundancy; each successive selection sounds the same as the one that preceded it.
I'd love to give this album five stars, but I can't and I'm being generous giving it two stars. Maybe my opinion will change with a few more listens, but right now, I'm just not groovin' on this album.
All that said, it's not going to stop me from enjoying this Friday's performance by Pink Martini at the Kennedy Center. I'm going with my sister! Yeah!