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Music Review: Lynda Carter – Crazy Little Things

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Her third studio album in the course of three decades, Crazy Little Things displays Lynda Carter’s penchant for country, soul and pop. Unlike 2009’s At Last, which meandered with snooze-worthy interpretations of standards, this new effort helps the original Wonder Woman find a happy balance of tempo, style, and interpretation. The surprising opening number is the Al Green evergreen, “Let’s Stay Together.” While there’s no comparison to the soul-meister’s original, Carter does it justice by adapting it to her own serene vocal approach. The fullness of the instrumentation and background vocals doesn’t hurt, either.

Lynda Carter

Throughout Crazy Little Things, Carter combs through classics from the likes of Queen (“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”), Martha & The Vandellas (“Heat Wave”), The Eagles (“Desperado”), and Shirley & Lee (“Let the Good Times Roll”). With a nimble tone, she interprets each tune duly —respectful of the original melody and phrasing, but flexible enough to add pleasing new flourishes of her own. Perhaps this is most evident on her slowed-down take of The Drifters’ “Up On the Roof.” Surprisingly, not out of line with these 12 covers is her own composition, “Jessie’s Song.” Fitting right into the mix as the lone new track, it’s country with a soulful edge — a combination of qualities which the singer and her musicians pull off with grace from beginning to end on Crazy Little Things.


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Justin Kantor is a music journalist with a passion for in-depth artist interviews and reviews. Most of his interviews for Blogcritics can be heard on his Blog Talk Radio program, "Rhythmic Talk." Justin's work has been published in Wax Poetics, The All-Music Guide, and SoulMusic.com. A graduate of Berklee College of Music's Music Business and Management program, he honed his writing chops as a teenager—publishing "The Hip Key" magazine from 1992-1996. The publication, which was created out of his childhood home in Virginia Beach, reached a circulation of 10,000 by the time he was 16. At Berklee, Justin continued to perfect his craft with a series of 'Underrated Soul' features for The Groove from 1997-2003. This led to a companion TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network in 2002, as well as writing for the national Dance Music Authority (DMA). A self-described "obscure pop, dance, and R&B junkie," Justin also has penned liner notes for reissue labels such as Edsel Records and FunkyTownGrooves. He's excited to be a part of the BlogCritics team and indulge his musical fancies even further. Connect with him at his Facebook page, or via krystolfan@gmail.com.