There is a special cheese to this collection. She starts off with As Time Goes By, there are two Neil Diamond songs; she kills us softly with his song, hangs out in MacArthur Park, and a song for Christmas.
Like Claudine Longet, she is a bigger star than her voice might suggest, but there is a character to that same voice. There is a believability, a casual cool, a 60's-70's languor that slides down like fine Spanish Brandy. It is instantly warming, a slight fire around the edge of the tongue, a soft gooey centre.
You see her old man in her eyes, the cheekbones. There is a confidence to the voice, "We know she believes and how".