Album Review: Refashioned by Ruthie Culver

Album Name: Refashioned
Artist: Ruthie Culver
Year/Label: 2007 / Purring Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Jazz vocalist Ruthie Culver releases her debut album in an environmentally friendly cardboard sleeve, and the results are stunning.

She combines traditional jazz songs with works by Brecht and one own song.

Culver breezes through “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” with seemingly little effort, and her band support her well.

“The Perfect Dress” written by the singer, muses about conscious shopping in a good way. It’s classic laidback jazz, that slowly takes in African and Latin influences.

“Strange(Libertango)” by Astor Piazzolla has been sung by many including disco diva Grace Jones. Culver’s version is languid and sensual, and brings out the best in her supple voice.

“Old Devil Moon” gets a nice reading, Culver delivering a strong vocal to a rhythmic backing.

It’s a very nice record.

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1 How Little We Know
2 You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
3 If I Should Lose You
4 Munchhausen (Liar, Liar)
5 The Perfect Dress
6 Hymne a L’amour
7 To a Little Radio
8 Strange (Libertango)
9 On the Street Where You Live
10 Old Devil Moon
11 Mean to Me1
2 Ballad of the Sad Young Men

[Ruthie Culver Official Site]

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