Connie Francis

Sings Bacharach and David

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Far and away Connie Francis' hippest, most rewarding LP, Sings Bacharach and David pairs the singer with arranger Claus Ogerman, whose interpretations of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David songbook augment the melodies' jazz-like intricacies to create a series of subdued, richly textured settings that perfectly complement Francis' uncharacteristic vocal restraint. Ogerman's nuanced string arrangements are worthy of Bacharach himself, eloquently conveying the style and sophistication that make these familiar songs so timeless. And while she's no Dionne or Dusty, Francis clearly grasps the substance of David's lyrics, investing readings of "Make It Easy on Yourself," "I Say a Little Prayer," and "Walk on By" with genuine poignancy. An unexpected delight. [Reissued in 2005 by Verve Japan under the title What the World Needs Now: Connie Francis Sings Burt Bacharach.]