I know, you’re probably saying were have you been dude this recording by Cassandra Wilson came out back in April of this year. Yes, you’re so right! However, being a huge fan of her “Loverly” project I couldn’t resist myself after listening to this record on several occasions undoubtedly set the tone for a new season I’ve encountered. Perhaps, I’ll say this about her. The signature of her sound is unmistakable, while her voice is deeply provocative she transforms each song to perfection, and her timbre … wow simply just does it for me. It’s true, a lot of these songs on “The Pop Side” you’ve heard before. Nevertheless, Cassandra is truly one of the most unique song stylists on the music scene today regardless of genre. ~ The Urban FluxCassandra Wilson | Closer to You: The Pop Side [Blue Note Records]
Singer Cassandra Wilson is a master interpreter of American music. With her unmistakable honeyed husky voice and quaintly rustic aesthetic she has made intimate and personal statements with jazz, blues, R&B, country, and pop chestnuts- few artists can reveal the sensual earthiness of the Monkees tune “The Last Train to Clarksville.”
Closer to You: The Pop Side celebrates the finest pop moments from her seven album, decade plus legacy with Blue Note. In addition to the aforementioned 1960s nugget, this release features her stark and achingly vulnerable take on U2’s “Love Is Blindness” as well as her transcendent take on Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” that evokes fireflies and shooting stars. Among its 11 tracks are favorites from Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and a tenderly romantic version of Sting’s “Fragile“.