Victoria Williams' unusual voice and musical interpretation make this set of standards a fun treat for classic song lovers looking for new takes on old favorites.

Victoria Williams' unusual voice and musical interpretation make this set of standards a fun treat for classic song lovers looking for new takes on old favorites. Williams uses her country/folk background, for example, on the harmonica-strong "Moon River," while with "Blue Skies," her breathy vocal delivery lends itself to a vastly different listening experience. "Over the Rainbow" is completely recharged with a lyrical opening vastly changed from the Judy Garland standard, though it hits home with its classic piano stylings. The minimalist "My Funny Valentine" emphasizes Williams' staccato performance, while "As Time Goes By" has a modernized, spacey opening and is perfect for Williams' range. Perhaps one of the album's best interpretations is "Someone to Watch Over Me," which oozes with true understanding of a woman's desire for love. An interesting project overall that transports listeners to a simpler time.—JK

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