Andy Williams

Collector's Edition [Two Disc]

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The 25 songs on this two-CD set represent Williams' early successes, and there is a varied repertoire here. When Andy Williams pleads "Are You Sincere," the hint of heartbreak is subtle. His groaning conveys devotion and pain, and yet it's a tranquil, almost dispassionate beauty. Williams' restraint makes the sentiment that much more effective.

"I Like Your Kind of Love" is a perky, upbeat dance ditty that features a female's breathy reply to Williams' steady lead which provides counterpoint to the rock tempo. He modulates his depth and volume ever so slightly on "I Love Paris" to add emotional effect, but his crooning concentrates on the melody and lets the drama rise from that and his breathy, smooth tonality. With a such luscious sound as his, Williams is never melodramatic; his sentiments are tempered and tailored to the song's needs.

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