While pop aficionados will best remember Frank Stallone for his 1983 top 10 aerobic workout hit "Far From Over," the singer is determined to update the chart books with "In Love in Vain," a lush colle

While pop aficionados will best remember Frank Stallone for his 1983 top 10 aerobic workout hit "Far From Over," the singer is determined to update the chart books with "In Love in Vain," a lush collection of orchestrated standards. Certainly, the idea is nothing new, and these fresh takes on songs from Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hart and others are not overtly unique. But Stallone—who recorded the album in two days with the Sammy Nestico Orchestra in Toronto—has a suave, certain timbre and a personable 1940s-brand swagger that no doubt translates into something larger than life in a live setting. In any case, fans of the genre will find "In Love" a fine accompaniment to an evening of martinis, moonlight and whatever else.—CT

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