Burt Bacharach

Bacharach! The Instrumental Side

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Bacharach! The Instrumental Side serves up 14 workmanlike renditions of pop classics including "The Look of Love," "Alfie" and "Walk on By." Guitarist Grant Geissman arranges the songs in a lite-jazz style which captures the shimmer of Bacharach's own productions but not the depth and resonance, and as with even Bacharach's solo instrumental albums, the disc reinforces just how much these compositions suffer from the absence of Hal David's perennially underrated lyrics as well as a powerhouse vocalist like a Dionne Warwick or a Dusty Springfield.

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