Too many people seem to emphasize “melting”, when the important part is “cultural”. Visionary artists such as Delilah have an understanding that the melting pot metaphor works both ways.
Regardless of how versed one may be with Steve Tyrell or Tony Bennett, there is something captivating about Delilah’s particular style of singing, which reflects like a mirror off of the smooth, underlying background piano and saxophone support. For example: “September Rain” is as refreshing as a summer morning jog, Delilah’s siren singing chiming in sweet and as pure as a spoonful of sugar.
“Smile” may be Delilah’s most immediately representative song on this record, but is arguably the one with the most relevance to Western art’s history. While the timelessly positive lyrics and titular subject matter were originally authored and added by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons in 1954, the original musical composition was written in 1936, by none other than Charlie Chaplin. This intimidating history is well handled and loyally adapted by Delilah. The backing harmony of piano chimes, blasé strings and enduring percussions personify the bittersweet atmosphere of the song, but when Delilah’s slow, soothing voice enters the mix, it turns into something powerful, an antidote for avenoir, exulansis, weltschmerz and all of the other obscure sorrows.
As a youth culture that is broadly defined by the trends it pursues. Delilah’s “Sarah + 1, A Tribute To Sarah Vaughan” is not only a perfect representation of the musician, but of how a dedicated perspective of the seminal individuals and genres can be written to raise new interest from those outside of the modern niche.
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Review by: Alex Slakva
Edited by: Martin Graves