April Stevens – Teach Me Tiger! (1959)

April Stevens - Teach Me Tiger (1959)
Artist: April Stevens
Album: Teach Me Tiger!
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening
Origin: USA
Released: 1959
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Teach Me Tiger
Do It Again
I Want a Lip
In Other Words
I Get Ideas
Talk to Me
I’m in Love Again
That’s My Name
I’m Making Believe
I’Ll Wait for Your Love
It Can’t Be Wrong
When My Baby Smiles at Me

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Teach Me Tiger! represents some kind of absurd apotheosis in post-Julie London pop seduction — April Stevens’ vocals are so breathy that one can’t help but wonder whether the poor girl spent the recording session hooked up to a respirator machine. Calculated naughtiness that’s ultimately as innocent as a lamb, the album luxuriates in the double entendres and nudge-nudge-wink-wink eroticism of a simpler time. Henri René’s lush, knowing arrangements perfectly complement Stevens’ starry-eyed interpretations of songs like “Love Kitten,” “You and Only You,” and “It Can’t Be Wrong,” adding a much-needed touch of truly adult sophistication to the proceedings. Harkit’s 2008 CD reissue also appends a handful of rare tracks from Stevens’ tenure with RCA.
Review by Jason Ankeny