Picks and Pans Review: Born to Be Blue

updated 02/05/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/05/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

Anne Phillips (Conawago)

Imagine: Britney and the Backstreet Boys wake up tomorrow to find that a brand-new genre of music has swept them from the pop charts, rendering them overnight has-beens. Impossible–or wishful thinking? Well, that's precisely what happened to a generation of breathy balladeers whose dominance of the 1950s hit parade ended abruptly with the coming of rock and roll. This exquisite 1959 album of pop standards was one of many crushed by the rock. Despite a few worshipful reviews, it was shelved, along with Phillips's pop dreams, shortly after its release. Although it lacks the essential ingredient that made rock roll–a back-beat–this reissue is a lovely reminder of how dreamy pop once was.

Bottom Line: Sublime

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