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Whatever Happened to Romance?

  • 1. Whatever Happened to Romance?
    2. Sunny Afternoon
    3. Port in a Storm
    4. Some Day
    5. Chocolates and Strawberries
    6. Smooth Talker
    7. Tell Me Something
    8. Girl Like Me, A
    9. Two Time Blues
    10. Wonderful
    11. Je M'Oublie
    12. This Obsession
    13. Not My Fault
    14. Whatever Happened to Romance? - (C-Loony Mix, bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4759354

  • Credits
    ProducerGeoff Gurd; Marco Sabiu
    EngineerDave Draper; James Hesford; David Pickering Pick

    Personnel: Victoria Hart (vocals, background vocals); Geoff Gurd (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric piano, organ, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Dave Dutfield (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Dave Draper (electric guitar, percussion); James Hesford (violin, cello, strings); Simon Clarke (flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Neil Drinkwater (accordion, piano); Tim Sanders (tenor saxophone); Roddy Lorimer, Paul Spong (trumpet, flugelhorn); Annie Whitehead (trombone); Kick Horns (brass); Ian Anderson (piano); Geraint Watkins, Bill Hunt (organ); Andy Herbert (acoustic bass, electric bass, fretless bass, background vocals); Tom Hill (upright bass); Martin Fitzgibbon (drums, percussion, background vocals); Paul Robinson (drums, percussion); Lizzie Morphew, Verona Chard (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Dave Draper; David Pickering Pick; Marco Sabiu.
    Recording information: FFG Studios, Bredon, Gloucestershire, England (07/2006-06/2007).
    Arranger: Geoff Gurd.
    Whatever Happened to Romance? is the debut album from "singing waitress" (as she has become known) Victoria Hart. Having garnered her nickname from a lucky turn of events that found her getting plucked from obscurity to perform for actor George Clooney at a party in France, in truth, Hart has had the good fortune to be discovered twice in her life. First, at age 15 while living with her parents in France, she was heard singing at a party at a vineyard by producer Geoff Gurd, who was so impressed he took her under his wing and began recording her -- a creative partnership featured on this album. Second, in 2007 while working as a singing waitress at a restaurant in London, the 18-year-old Hart was invited to perform for a benefit party during the Cannes Film Festival hosted by Clooney and other stars, including Brad Pitt. The story was a press sensation and not soon after Hart had signed a purportedly one-million-dollar contract with Decca Records. Hence, Whatever Happened to Romance? is the fruit of the aforementioned tabloid story/record deal whirlwind. Featuring Hart's kittenish, old Hollywood glamour persona and '40s jazz singing style, the album is not dissimilar to work by other neo-crooners such as Michael Bubl, Harry Connick, Jr., and to a lesser degree Amy Winehouse. However, while a pleasant presence on record and an obviously charismatic performer, Hart has a somewhat thin, technically average voice, and separated from the press hype essentially comes off as a cabaret vocalist with a knack for campy, jazzish pop tunes. Refreshingly, producer Gurd has supplied her with a handful of all-original songs mixing pop/rock and jazz as well as a few well-chosen cover tunes that allow Hart's apple-cheeked talents to shine. ~ Matt Collar

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