Erin Boheme – What Love Is (2006)

Erin Boheme - What Love Is (2006)
Artist: Erin Boheme
Album: What Love Is
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2006
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Someone To Love 04:05
One Night With Frank 04:16
Let’s Make The Most Of A Beautiful Thing 04:41
What Love Is 05:02
Touch Me Tonight 04:42
Make You Happy 04:28
Give Me One Reason 04:36
Anything 06:08
Let’s Do It 05:10
I Love Being Here With You 03:30
Don’t Be Something You Ain’t 04:12

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Wisconsin native Erin Boheme was only 18 when she found herself recording for the house that Carl Jefferson built: Concord Jazz. Some people who heard What Love Is, Boheme’s debut album, questioned whether or not it belonged on a jazz-oriented label; truth be told, this 2006 release has as much to do with jazzy pop as it does with jazz. But even though Boheme is by no means a jazz purist, she is clearly jazz-influenced — and besides, the late Rosemary Clooney was a fixture at Concord throughout the ’80s and ’90s despite the fact that her specialty was jazz-influenced traditional pop rather than hardcore vocal jazz. So stylistically, this crossover effort (which is best described as traditional pop meets vocal jazz meets adult contemporary) isn’t inappropriate for Concord. If Boheme is a crossover artist at heart, that’s fine as long as she strives for quality — and this is a pleasant, if undeveloped and mildly inconsistent, debut from the Midwestern singer. Concord was obviously hoping to reach the Norah Jones crowd with What Love Is, which makes sense because Boheme’s vocals hint at Jones in addition to hinting at Billie Holiday. Boheme favors a sweetly girlish approach, although she seems to be aiming for some of Julie London and Peggy Lee’s sultriness as well. And even though her performances aren’t breathtaking, Boheme shows herself to be a likable singer on a CD that ranges from a few Tin Pan Alley warhorses (including Sammy Cahn’s “Teach Me Tonight” and Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It”) to Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” to several tunes that Boheme co-wrote. This is by no means a bad album, although it is the work of an artist who still has some growing and developing to do. All things considered, Boheme is worth keeping an eye on.
Review by Alex Henderson

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