This budget-priced compilation selects ten ballad performances from Nancy Wilson's Columbia Records albums of the 1980s and 1990s. Since her ballads have constituted some of her best performances, the result is a more consistent album than many of her regular releases. It mixes the Duke Ellington title song with two selections from the With My Lover Beside Me album of newly discovered Johnny Mercer lyrics set to Barry Manilow tunes, as well as such surprisingly effective efforts as a rendition of the Leon Russell standard "A Song for You" and the title song from the A Lady with a Song album, which may remind younger listeners of Anita Baker and demonstrates to Wilson admirers how much Baker has been influenced by her. Comfortably straddling jazz, pop, and R&B styles, Day Dream works as a low-key best-of covering Wilson's mature years.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann