Picks and Pans Review: And So Much More
You sit through the first several cuts of Eder's album having, oh, a perfectly fine if not precisely memorable time. The singer, who has a powerful pop-inflected voice dabbed with tinges of Streisand and Maureen Mc-Govern, swings nicely through the cool, bluesy, haunting "Till You Come Back to Me," oversells "The Man That Got Away," then recoups on "When I Look in Your Eyes," a lovely little Leslie Bricusse tune that here has been effectively arranged to sound almost like a bolero. A couple of decidedly colorless ballads follow, one on which the regretfully ubiquitous singer-pianist Michael Feinstein puts in an appearance. Then Eder bursts forth with "Is This Any Way to Fall in Love," a hilarious, zestfully delivered number—now wistful, now rageful, now growling—about the complexities of dating and mating in the '90s: "You woo me with faxes/I shelter your taxes but is this any way to fall...My analyst stressed/ 'Lady, this could take years'/He says I'm depressed/From having suppressed/ My innermost fears/And so I pay him too much/In an effort at feeling in touch." This one number more than helps And So Much More to live up to its title. (Angel)
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