Monday, November 7, 2011
CD Review: Monika Borzym Debuts With Covers Album
“Girl Talk” begins with Monika doing a spot-on cover of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good,” then she takes a pepped-up, jazzy approach to Fiona Apple’s “Extraordinary Machine.” Goldstein’s arrangement of Estelle’s “American Boy” adds a bit of flair that Monika pulls off with ease. She then gets her funk on for Erykah Badu’s “Appletree.” Monika’s voice fits perfectly with Abbey Lincoln’s “Down Here Below,” but she likes to open up and have fun as displayed in “Dry Cleaner From Des Moines.” The album closes with one of the more interesting arrangements by pianist Aaron Parks as he gives Dido’s “Thank you” a jazz club feel. I wish Monika Borzym did more with the vocals, but she plays it safe without adding much to the original.
Her new album “Girl Talk” is available now. For more information, please visit monikaborzym.com.
Posted by JP's Music Blog