Brand New Day
'I Love You Always Forever' (from the multiple-platinum selling Now In A Minute) was such a huge hit for Donna Lewis - a #1 chart hit / dance-pop classic for which people around the globe still have boundless affection - the 1996 song will always be the one for which many fans know her. However the conservatory-trained daughter of a jazz pianist has since forged her place in the pop world, through styles as diverse as art pop, singer/songwriter folk, traditional jazz, and classical. While Lewis' last album, 2008's 'In the Pink', was heavily electronic, 'Brand New Day' explores a much more stripped-down acoustic sound.
Lewis has toured often in a duo setting, accompanying herself on piano with a bassist at her side. Here, however, she pares down her focus even further by handling only the vocals, leaving all instrumental duties with the capable trio featuring pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King (AKA The Bad Plus), who are perfectly suited to back Lewis on this project.
Along with three originals (the languid 'Sleep', the title track 'Brand New Day' and a ruminative reworking of 'I Love You Always Forever'), Lewis and her trio delve into a handful of inspired cover songs that cross stylistic boundaries from the fantastical latter-David Bowie number 'Bring Me the Head of the Disco King', to Fred Neil's 'Everybody's Talkin' at Me', to Damien Rice's 'Amie'.
What's particularly invigorating here is how untethered Iverson, Anderson and King perform. As a trio, they interact clearly, fluidly and adventurously on Brand New Day even as they supply Lewis the generous framework she deserves as a vocalist. And then there's Lewis herself, with her cherubic, fuzzy coo of a voice. She digs into these songs with care and expertise, drawing out her phrases and enveloping a tune in multiple layers of meaning.
- Bring Me The Disco King
- Waters Of March
- Brand New Day
- Everybody's Talkin' At Me
- I Love You Always Forever
- Walk On By
- My Mom
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