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Album Review

There is a certain irony to the title of Linda Eder's reunion with her musical partner, theater composer Frank Wildhorn. Naming the album Now calls attention to the contents, which consist of newly written Wildhorn compositions with lyrics by the likes of Leslie Bricusse, Don Black, and Maury Yeston. But not only is the style of the music not current, it is rooted in a particular time. Back in the mid-'60s, pop singers like Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand used to make albums that sounded a lot like this by picking and choosing material from Broadway shows and movie themes of the day. Another good source was South American or European songs with newly commissioned English lyrics. But here, Wildhorn has written tunes that sound like the traditional pop of the mid-‘60s, set to string orchestras and big bands, with Eder singing in her typically passionate style. Reused titles like "Ordinary People," "The Heat of the Night," and even "Now" (there was an earlier song by that name sung by Lena Horne in the ‘60s) emphasize the neo-retro nature of the project. While most of the music may have been written especially for Eder, one song, "Mad Hatter," anticipates the next Wildhorn musical, Wonderland, and is the album's jazziest, liveliest number. The overall style, however, is lush and romantic, appropriate for Eder, who is, as always, something of a Streisand soundalike. One might say, in fact, that her Streisand-lite approach is often more enjoyable than the real thing, since, while Eder's voice bears definite similarities to Streisand's, as does her phrasing, she isn't as mannered as Streisand. Still, music written in the style of an era Streisand dominated can't help but evoke the earlier singer.

Customer Reviews

Fabulous!

This is the Linda Eder I know and love. She is reunited with her former husband and producer Frank Wildhorn on this album, and her vocals, song choices and style make this the best thing she has done in a long time. Linda is one of the great vocalists of our time...her voice is simply amazing. This disc beautifully showcases that brilliance. Bravo, Linda!

She is back!

This album brings back the Linda with the big vocals backed by a full orchestra! This is where her talent belongs. I have enjoyed the her softer side of in the last few albums but it's the big voiced Linda that thrills me.

A great return to form!!

This is Linda's best album since the "Judy Garland" album!! Let's face it, she's a belter! And that's what you get. Much like her older work, a great listen and very well produced.

Biography

Born: February 3, 1961 in Brainerd, MN

Genre: Vocal

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

Linda Eder was perhaps the most popular new interpreter of theatrical songs to emerge during the '90s. A disciple of Barbra Streisand early on, Eder gradually forged her own vocal style, and branched out from show tunes to include pop standards, light swing, and adult contemporary balladry in her repertoire. As a stage actress, Eder worked primarily with her husband, composer Frank Wildhorn, who often designed his material specifically for her (and produced her recordings as well). It was Wildhorn's...
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