Blossom Dearie

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Verve: The Diva Series

If you hated Blossom Dearie, I could well understand it, since she sings with a cutesy voice which it would be perfectly reasonable to find intensely irritating. If you are a fan like me, however, this is compilation is sublime. It starts with the definitive version of Dave Frishberg’s ‘I’m Hip’, which you’ll want to hear again and again. Another highlight is ‘Blossom’s Blues’, which is one of those blues numbers where the singer confesses to being mean and evil; this initially seems rather unlikely given the cutesy voice, but she soon makes sense of it. The very best tracks, however, are ‘Rhode Island is Famous for You’ and ‘Always true to you in my fashion’ (check out the way she sings ‘OK’ at the end of the ‘Harris-pat’ line). These come from Soubrette Sings Broadway Song Hits, and it’s just a shame they didn’t include the other highlight from that album, the hilarious ‘Buckle Down Winsocki’.