I Love commences in a sultry late night summer's cityscape in New York with Cristina Morrison in a reflective mood, an emotion maintained throughout the CD, a wave of pensivity providing the lighter topside of the disc's ambiance. Something like the female side of Kenny Loggins with a bit of Michael Tomlinson mixed with Toni Tenille's jazz presence, Carly Simon's straightforwardness, and sundry others, there's an omnipresent layback to the entire affair. Thus, if I also mention the cool refrains of Basia, Astrud Gilberto, Lani Hall, and others, it's by reason of soft breezes and cool palazzos. These comparatives may not be, though, quite what they suggest.
Morrison's band slides right into the zone with her, and though Christian Hidrobo writes most of the music while playing an alto sax, pianist Steve Einerson tends to steer the band in the right direction. Marcus McLaurine's bass playing is particularly persuasive, neither rushed nor showboating but always just right. Morrison sings, though, in a completely trebleless voice and often in sonorous sprechestimme. Her lyrics could use a bit of work as well, too often plain and cliché, laundry lists of commonplaces. When she's on it, she's perfect, as in the opening cut, Summer in New York, upon which much work was lavished, but when she's not, things go a bit flat, saved only by the band. Her overall stylistic bandwidth is narrow, and that would be alright if more was crafted into it, too many of her lines just recitation and thus not nearly as vivacious as they should be. Need I mention this is a debut effort?
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