Andy Williams

Alone Again (Naturally)

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It was steady as she goes for Andy Williams' recording career in 1972, as he surveyed the hit parade and mined it for his own easy listening versions of hits by America ("I Need You"), Roberta Flack ("The First Time Ever [I Saw Your Face]"), Neil Diamond ("Song Sung Blue"), and the Beatles ("The Long and Winding Road"), plus a show tune ("Day by Day" from Godspell) and, of course, the title track, Gilbert O'Sullivan's maudlin, if tuneful, ode to loneliness and thoughts of suicide, "Alone Again (Naturally)." The idea here was simply to give Williams' fans his interpretations of songs they had heard on the radio recently, and for that the album was fine, even if it did represent treading water from an artistic standpoint.