Mitzi Gaynor

Mitzi

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Mitzi Gaynor's Verve debut introduces a performer who gets by more on sex appeal and sass than conventional musical talent. If Mitzi sounds like a harbinger of endless pop vixen records to follow, you're right, but there's no denying the album's obvious charms, either. For starters, Pete King's arrangements are dazzling, with a rhythmic energy clearly designed to evoke Gaynor's background as a dancer -- this is music that moves, with an uncommon sense of style and grace that contrasts sharply with Gaynor's delightfully lusty vocals. There's not a trace of Eisenhower era repression to be found here. Mitzi is a bold, brassy record that exults in its own femininity.

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