Esther Phillips

Here's Esther...Are You Ready

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Esther Phillips wraps her timeless vocal ability around eight ripe-for-the-times songs, giving solid readings to charmers like "Bedtime Stories," "Mr. Melody," and "Philadelphia Freedom." The poignant "I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me" deviates from the traditional thought when an affair breaks up; instead of stating the correct, Phillips hopes the scoundrel falls on his face. Classy revivals of "Our Day Will Come" and "Love Makes a Woman" are prime Esther, and display her amazing control and diction making the lyrics unnecessary.

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