Various Artists

Style: Finest Lounge Music

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Style: Finest Lounge Music is an erroneous title for this lite-electronic pop collection in the sense that the tag "lounge" is generally reserved for such acts of the '50s and '60s as Esquivel and Les Baxter. There is no doubt that the tracks that make up this compilation occasionally tip their hats to the sexy kitsch known as lounge, but these songs are unfortunately missing a large portion of the "wink-wink-I-know-it-sounds-cheesy-but-isn't-it-fun?" aesthetic that cemented the overly sleek artists of the '50s and '60s fondly in American pop culture. The result is a very watered-down collection of songs put together by a musical director who was smart enough to know that the title, Style: Finest Lounge Music, might fool a few people looking for the classic lounge sound to spend a few dollars on a compilation perched on the edge of the black hole to boredom.

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