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"Anjani: Blue Alert"

by Jeff Spevak

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York)

June 29, 2007
The recent re-issue of some of Leonard Cohen's music brought this sophisticated cocktail-jazz chanteuse to my attention. This protégé of Cohen, a pianist and singer from Honolulu, assembled scraps of Cohen poems, lyrics and journal entries into a smoldering torch record. It could almost be a Cohen record, with its smattering of waltzes and perfume wafting through the air. Romance, flirtation, sex and disappointment linger like cigarette smoke. The heart is at the center of everything here, and the temptation to cloak the goings-on with lush orchestration is avoided. Instead, the uncluttered arrangements that range from baritone saxophone to a countryish pedal steel enhance the words. Anjani reveals her innermost thoughts and Cohen's as a sinful dance, but one that you'd rather not end. Serge Gainsbourg is dead, and no one makes records like this anymore.



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