Friday, 19 August 2016
Astrud Gilberto - I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do (1969)
So why do I love this album so much? It's just a pure and utter Goldilocks Zone of a singer a few years into her career, coming into a more confident vocal maturity, selecting a perfectly complementary set of songs and having a first-rate arranger on board (Al Gorgoni). In just 28 minutes, I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do weaves an achingly romantic narrative that hangs together perfectly, sounding like an extended reminisce of a fleeting summer affair now being remembered only through photographs. Late 60s adult pop perfection par excellence.