Unidentified Sass (Music Thoughts: Impressions, Viki Ryan)

51dl6of5FpL._SS500Viki Ryan describes her album ‘Impressions’ as a collection of ‘timeless tunes with a sassy style.’  I am sure Ms. Ryan is sassy and is probably a great performer – I do hear a lot of ‘performance’ in her singing in this album – but I am willing to bet that her live show is much much better than what is represented here. After all, she has Cuban blood in her, and I sense that in her lively version of ‘Besame Mucho’ here (she even phrases Besame correctly)  The rest of the album, though is bland city, reminiscent of what I would her at the lounge of a hotel near the airport. As a matter of fact, I could even imagine the scenario in my mind of ordering a drink while I listen to these songs here. There’s a spitfire there somewhere – something sassy, as she herself has described, but for the life of me I cannot understand why the album shows her tempered. As such, this sounds like one of those albums I will never listen again. But I bet her show I would go back to.

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