The following are reviews of Liza's eighth album, The Singer, written for fans, by fans. If you would like to contribute a review of the album yourself, feel free to submit it to me at Beatle_Babe32@hotmail.com and I will be sure to add it to the page ASAP! You will receive full credit to your name with your review.
The Singer is another Liza album consisting of cover versions of songs by the contemporaries of the time when the album was recorded. Being hot on the heels of the release of Cabaret, fans were eager to hear more from their new favorite performer, and being as Liza had a brand new record label she was signed to, they were eager to put out an actual album of hers now aside from the Cabaret soundtrack. This wasn't a new concept for a Liza album; there had already been a handful of her last several albums that almost completely consisted of cover versions of songs by contemporary artists. The difference this time is that the combination, for once, actually managed to work. It may not be her strongest ever album, but it's still a good one nonetheless!
A lot of the songs on this album have a very campy feel to them, but that's okay – much of Liza's career is the same way, so this comes as no sort of surprise. Tracks especially fitting of this are “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”, “Dancing In The Moonlight”, “Where Is The Love?” “Oh Babe, What Would You Say?” and “I Believe In Music”. That's not to say they're bad, though. There's even some real diamonds in the rough on this album that seem to have been mostly forgotten to time as far as Liza's career is concerned, such as the title track of the album. The song would have suited her well to have taken that song on the road and kept in in her onstage repertoire for a while, but she didn't. Maybe the lyrics hit a little too close to home, I don't know. The song's lyrics almost read like an autobiography for Liza, so this theory would make sense. And of course, who could forget Liza's cover of “You're So Vain”? Fantastic!
I feel like this particular album captures a lot of the fun, spontaneous energy of 1970's Liza down in song, so if you haven't already, give it a listen!
-- Jennifer Abraham