Gold

On her sixth studio album, vocalist Linda Eder makes a musical move that is sure to surprise longtime fans.

On her sixth studio album, vocalist Linda Eder makes a musical move that is sure to surprise longtime fans. On past recordings, Eder more often than not surrounded herself with big-band rhythms and Broadway-embellished nuances. On the primarily winning Gold, these elements take a back seat to unblemished pop music. Lush orchestration lovingly envelops Eder's vocals on the title track—co-penned by Nan Knighton and the artist's husband, Frank Wildhorn (responsible for 10 songs here)—which made its debut Feb. 8 during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games. Other standout originals include "If I Should Lose My Way" and "If I Had My Way"; "Her Gypsy Heart" is very "La Isla Bonita" 2002—Eder-style. Of the four covers, "Here Comes the Sun" and "Drift Away" work incredibly well, while "Son of a Preacher Man and "We're All Alone" (too much vibrato), unfortunately, do not. These couple missteps aside, this Gold certainly shines.—MP
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