Vitamin String Quartet

The String Quartet Tribute to Jessica Simpson

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Jessica Simpson is a vocalist above all else, which makes Vitamin's String Quartet Tribute to Jessica Simpson feel more opportunistic than many of the titles in this long-running series. Because these are instrumental versions (featuring the usual lineup of two violinists, a violist, and a cellist), they lack the spark Simpson's warm, gospel-flavored vocals would normally provide. "Irresistible," "There You Are," "Where You Are" become the maudlin adult contemporary that they flirted with even with Simpson singing, while the pop thrill of "With You" isn't as effective when it's separated from its slick studio sheen. It's unclear how String Quartet Tribute to Jessica Simpson will appeal to her fans, since neither her voice nor bubbly visual persona are anywhere near it. [The bonus track "With You" is actually Jessica's husband Nick Lachey's song, but it's been used heavily in their MTV reality show.]

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