Antena was an experimental bossa nova group from the 80's. I got this years ago from Numero Group and have been listening to it regularly since. I love the first two songs
"Camino del sol" and "To Climb a Cliff." For me, the most charming thing about this album was "Les demoiselles de Rochefort", a number in French they took from the Demy movie "The Young Girls of Rochefort". It came out of nowhere, very different from the other numbers. There's also a good cover of "The Boy from Ipamena." One of the girls later became singer Isabelle Antena who I need to look into. Overall this was a neat album.
My record of this got scratched and then the same month I saw that Fresh Sound Records had put it on cd. I was very lucky. Marcy Lutes was a jazz singer from the 50's who had previously worked with Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Her phrasing kind of reminds of Doris Day. She only did one album. I love her versions of "Laughing at Life" and "The Gentleman is a Dope."
This is the second Liz Anderson album I've recommended on my blog. She has no collection on digital or cd. If she's remembered now it's for being Lynn Anderson's mom and that's a shame. She was a marvelous country singer songwriter. She might have had a girly voice but she wrote songs like "My Friends are Gonna Be Strangers", songs that a tough guy like Merle Haggard would use. This album is a mix of originals and covers. I really like her cover of Tom T. Hall's (Margie's at) The Lincoln Park Inn.
I know this is a modern album. I don't usually focus on albums made in the past 10 years. However, I liked this one. I dismissed Mandy Moore just as a pop singer when I was a teenager. I didn't learn till later that she tried to do something different on her three latest albums. I didn't give her a chance until I learned she was the vocalist behind Tangled. In general, Mandy Moore is better than her material especially her films. Saved was ok. Chasing Liberty and Because I said so are other matters. (I've watched most of her films and I can say most are mediocre.) This album like This is Us shows her potential. I like "Merrimack River" and "Fern Dell." "I could break your heart any day of the week" is pretty catchy. She hasn't made an album in more than nine years. It's time she made another one.