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Beatles Tribute: Number One Again

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A Beatles Tribute: Number One Again is a made up of 12 Beatles songs sung by obscure female artists. The arrangements are muted and plainly acoustic, featuring guitar and piano with no drums. The vocalists for the most part are earnest and emotional: Nikki Boyer manages to add a previously unimaginable melancholy to "I Want to Hold Your Hand," while Brielle Morgan takes the melancholy of the lyrics in "Eleanor Rigby" and twists them into something funereal. They are also good singers. There are relatively few embarrassing moments of oversinging, and some of the artists show promise. The most successful tracks are those that have interesting vocal arrangements: Erin Alden's take on "Hello, Goodbye features multi-tracked vocals that swirl around each other very pleasingly, the amazingly named Hathaway Pogue lays down some beautiful harmonies on the otherwise drably arranged "Penny Lane," and Maureen Mahon sultrily swings her way through "All You Need Is Love" like a film noir heroine. The record succeeds as a nice low-key batch of Beatles covers, perfect for coffee shop ambience. One feels it could, with more adventurous and interesting musical arrangements, have been much more than that.

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