November 21, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B

Holly Cole’s fourth studio album Dark Dear Heart reinvents the Canadian cabaret chanteuse as a thinking person’s pop diva, integrating slick production while keeping the focus on her duskily expressive voice. Her readings of tunes by the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and Sheryl Crow carry an understated emotional authority, but it’s her tender renditions of two songs by Mary Margaret O’Hara that best showcase Cole’s interpretive gifts. B

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