by Bridget Richard
The new Cheek to Cheek album, a collaboration with Lady Gaga and 88-year-old icon Tony Bennett, was released on September 19, 2014. Similar to the first seasons of “Glee,” the goal of the album was to bring classic songs to a younger audience. Lady Gaga explained it in an interview with Universal Music Canada, saying, “Cheek to Cheek came out of a very organic friendship and relationship that Tony and I have built over the years… We made an album of jazz classics, but it has a modern twist.” With 16 tracks covering classics from established writers like Cole Porter and George Gershwin, this album brings “Anything Goes” to a “Poker Face” generation.
It is, simply put, a gorgeously arranged collection. Every song was recorded with a live orchestra alongside the two vocalists, which displays the high level of skill applied to the album. Each track rings forth with the word “timeless,” with Gaga’s voice, made famous with millennial techno beats and electric breakdowns, blending seamlessly with Bennett’s darker tone. The selection of songs is versatile as well, ranging from quick and sassy with “Anything Goes” to slow, and almost enchanting with “Nature Boy.”
In short, I enjoyed the album. I enjoy jazz, and I enjoy Lady Gaga, so it was already up my alley. It’s beautiful, fun, and the songs are quick and short, usually around two and half minutes, with some going upwards of four minutes. It gives itself to being a great and quick addition to any playlist.
Here’s the official video for their cover of “The Lady is a Tramp”