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Petula Clark: From Now On *

Album Notes

Petula Clark began her career as an entertainer in 1939, when she was just seven years old, and hosted her own radio show at age 11. The mere fact she still has a singing career at the age of 84 is remarkable in itself, but on 2016's From Now On, the U.K. pop legend sounds impressively up to date. It's hard to imagine an octogenarian pop singer who is able to get over without nostalgia being part of the formula. But Clark comes very close to that here; her voice isn't as strong as it once was, but it still possesses a remarkable clarity, and her command of her instrument is precise. Clark and producer John Owen Williams are smart enough to give her material that allows her voice to float with the current rather that push against the grain. But the largely electronic backings on "Sacrifice My Heart" and "Sincerely" push Clark toward contemporary pop (the former even finds her embracing Auto-Tune for effect), and Clark's subtly passionate, confident delivery suggests the work of an artist a fraction of her age. Clark also wrote or co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks on From Now On ("Pour Etre Aime de Toi" finds her composing in tandem with Charles Aznavour), and she's an able tunesmith who can walk the line between pop classicism and 21st century gloss with a capable stride. Though the production sometimes feels a bit cool, there's a genuine warmth to Clark's performances that's effective and winning. And while a reasonable person might wonder if they ever need to hear another cover of the Beatles' "Blackbird" or Peggy Lee's "Fever," Clark puts an unexpectedly fresh spin on her interpretations, and brings a playful sexiness to the latter that one would not expect from a woman her age. Anyone hoping Clark will re-create the sound of her Tony Hatch-produced singles of the '60s is bound to be disappointed, but From Now On is music that's mature but not dated or stiff, and reminds us she's still one of the most thoughtful and capable pop vocalists at work today. An admirable achievement in a career that has spanned eight decades ... so far. ~ Mark Deming



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