Linda Ronstadt

Lush Life

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What's New illustrated that Linda Ronstadt was no longer interested in contemporary pop, and since it was a surprise success, there was no reason not to repeat the formula on Lush Life. Working again with Nelson Riddle, Ronstadt runs through several pop standards -- "When I Fall in Love," "Sophisticated Lady," "Falling in Love Again," "It Never Entered My Mind" -- which are given lush, even syrupy, arrangements. Ronstadt's voice isn't entirely suited to this material, but she sings it professionally, and Lush Life is just as effective as What's New, which means it's fine, but not as good as the real thing.

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