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Album Review

Moonlight Serenade, Carly Simon's fourth collection of standards in 25 years, digs a little deeper than her previous outings. Perhaps it's the plethora of standards outings by popular artists — Rod Stewart's done three in a row — perhaps it's because of her pedigree and background; perhaps it's simply because she thinks she can pull it off; and indeed she can. She delivers these 12 songs with panache, savvy, and just a touch of sass. Produced by Richard Perry, these tracks are not so much elegant as enigmatic. Simon appreciates the swing inherent in delivering a standard, even if it's a ballad. Her smoky voice lends itself well to "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "My One and Only Love," and her sense of theatrics is drop-dead gorgeous on "I Only Have Eyes for You," which is a bit of a radical reworking that actually works. The slippery delivery on these songs — her read of "All the Things You Are," for example, may be considered vulgar by some, but it's utterly lovely and brave — is what lends them their unique, sexy character. This isn't for everyone, but it's a winner nonetheless.

Customer Reviews

A Little Bounce

This has become one of my favorites, Carly sounds wonderful. The songs have a great flow to them. Her voice is sultry and smokey, but I love it, It's one of my favorite standards CD's, most are sooooo slow, this one actually has a little bounce to it,


My goodness, I can't get enough of this album. It's everything Carly and jazz and more. Her voice is perfect for these songs. Thanks!


I love this album, especially "In the Still of the Night". I can not believe the few bad reviews, brutal. I would like all of those idiots to record a CD and let me review them. Carly is better than ever. The person who thought his car cd player was faulty probably needs to trade the old car in. Thank you Carly and keep songs like these coming.


Born: June 25, 1945 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Carly Simon was one of the most popular of the confessional singer/songwriters who emerged in the early '70s. The youngest child in an upper-class New York family (her father, Richard Simon, co-founded the Simon & Schuster publishing company), Simon got her start in music as part of a duo with her sister Lucy (who later wrote the music for the Broadway show The Secret Garden). The Simon Sisters had a chart single with "Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod" in April 1964. But Simon's solo debut did not come until...
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