Dakota Staton

Darling Please Save Your Love

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The repertoire is fine on this CD, as is the backup group (Bill Easley on reeds, pianist Bross Townsend, bassist Leon Dorsey and drummer Michael Carvin). Unfortunately, Dakota Staton's singing is quite erratic -- her vibrato is overly wide, and she shows too much emotion in spots and overall sounds a bit past her prime. Considering that her next recording, Isn't This a Lovely Day, was on a higher level, this particular project obviously found the singer on an off day. The versions of standards (including "I Thought About You," "Save Your Love for Me," "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" and the amusingly titled "Your Husband's Cheating On Us") are OK, but fall short of their potential and what Dakota Staton is capable of.

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