For me, singers fall under two categories: either you can sing Sondheim or you can’t. And if you cannot, that does not make you a bad singer. His music is just so complex it is often married to an artist or not. If you don’t get his music, it’s not your problem.
So it is with trepidation that I will write about Cyrille Aimee’s Sondheim album, ‘Move On: A Sondheim Adventure.’ This came in last year to rave reviews. I have been listening to it for a while now – and I have to be honest – I don’t like the album. At all. I tried so many times to try to listen to it from different points of view – from a quirky artist covering this material, from someone who wants to interpret Sondheim’s songs differently. Someone even told me that I shoudl look at it from its concept – a story arc about a love affair, but still, nada. Is it because I am an old fogey, that I just want to hear these songs one way? I will not deny that there is a lot of musicality here – well thought out and well executed. In the end, I think that it is just not for me, and I should stop fighting to accept it.