Linda Eder

Gold

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There are songs that just shouldn't be covered anymore, as timeless as they may seem. "Here Comes the Sun" is one of them, and Linda Eder seems to have made a major misstep in opening her album Gold with it. Her version is down-tempo, saccharine, and overly produced. It is a shame, because the rest of the album doesn't seem to follow suit. Taken as a whole, Gold may be one her strongest efforts, as she pours a lot of personal emotion and energy into a mix of classic pop standards and show tunes authored by her husband, Frank Wildhorn. Even songs with relatively simple lyrics, like "Until I Don't Love You Anymore," become touching with Eder's clear, passionate delivery. The album's second cover song, "Son of a Preacher Man," hits the mark a little more squarely than the first. Eder relishes the opportunity here to belt out the lyrics in full voice without needing to sound too pretty and manages to be a little bit sexy at the same time. Fans of Eder's previous show tune-laden works might find her journeys into blues, country, and rock styles here a little jarring, but this album represents growth for Eder, even if every song doesn't individually impress.

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