Desert Island Discs, Day Four
“La Venus du Mélo”
I was scanning up and down the radio dial one day when I suddenly was knocked flat by an amazing, crystalline voice singing an American Songbook chorus as if melodic jazz was her first language. It was Stacey Kent singing Bobby Troup’s “You’re Looking at Me”, and it was one of the great musical discoveries of my life.
Another of my great musical discoveries was Raconte-moi, Stacey Kent’s 2010 album completely in the French language. My favorite song from it, “La Venus du Mélo,” is outrageously playful and seductive. If it weren’t so innocent, it would be illegal.
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