Today I will be reviewing Gregory Porter’s album One Night Only which is live orchestral versions of cover songs from his past. I have never heard of this guy before, probably because I don’t listen to this genre of music, but I’m looking forward to hearing his take on these classic songs.
- Mona Lisa- Intro reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. Dang this guys voice is incredible.There have been very many songs about Mona Lisa and why she is/isn’t smiling. There is nothing revolutionary about the content, but the background lets me imagine Gregory at a speakeasy because he has that kind of vibe. I’m not going to pretend to know about orchestral music so that’s more than likely not going to be brought up that much because I am self aware.
- But Beautiful- music is fluttery and I can picture someone (a Disney princess) in a field or forest with animals around. I like that the music seemed to cut out when he started singing because it lets his full voice sink in. I’m waiting for a big swell, because I feel like it should get to that point. And here we go, the music got bigger and enhanced the princess vision I had, and he follows with his voice swelling showing the love he has for the woman in the song.
- Nature Boy- this was originally a Nat “King” Cole song so lets see how he does. The quietness of the orchestra is interesting because Porter is such a good storyteller that with this song in particular allows the listener to fully understand the intent behind the song. The ending was impactful because his voice fades out and allows the message to sink in.
- L-O-V-E- I love the original version of this song, probably my favorite of Nat “King” Cole’s so I’m hoping Porter can have the same energy as the original. This is probably because he is singing live that I am not feeling like he is into this song. He might be tired but for a high energy song he isn’t bringing it even though he does sound okay. There are parts where he sounds rushed or out of breathe so that doesn’t help.
- Quizas, Quizas, Quizas- although I took Spanish for four semesters I really don’t speak it or understand most of it. Originally this was “King” Cole’s song where, of course, he sounded incredible.From what very little I remember, Porter’s pronunciations are fairly accurate although it is clear that he is American.
- Miss Otis Regrets- Sounds like a Disney action scene. A classic Ella Fitzgerald song. I know Porter has to have song original songs. I wonder what his sound is. He is a great singer, but I want to know what makes him unique. Again, I don’t know much about this genre so he might be super famous, but I don’t know.
I think that he has a great voice. The orchestra brought something new to well-know songs. My only big problem is that is didn’t seem like he took any risks. I wanted something new from him vocally. He kept within a small bit of his range and I wanted to see how far in each end he could truly go. I’m going to give this a