Not Lena (Music Thoughts: Classy & Sassy: A Lena Horne Tribute, Julia Breanetta Simpson)

lena-horne-tributeOh, the albums you find on Spotify. ‘Classy and Sassy, A Lena Horne Tribute’ was recommended to me, and it is a collection of songs obviously giving tribute to Ms. Horne, sung by someone named Julia Breanetta Simpson.  I haven’t a clue who she is, which is sometimes good because I won’t have any pre-conceived notions as I listen to the tracks. And while I think the album cover is on the amateurish side, the music, thankfully, isn’t. She sings these songs well, if not too straightforward at times. Miss Horne had a unique, distinct voice, and I wish I could say the same for Ms. Simpson.  While she sings well, and in tune, it is on the blander side, compared to Lena Horne. Taken as a group of songs in an album, they are fine, but looming in the shadows of the Horne Legacy, they pale in comparison.

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