By Neil Drumming
May 25, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lovely Standards

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Amel Larrieux kicks off Standards promisingly with ”If I Were a Bell,” a kooky classic that brings out her playful side. Still, the chanteuse has been predisposed to melancholy ever since she began her career in the neo-soul precursors Groove Theory. This disc, sadly, stays that course. Larrieux handles ballads like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ”Something Wonderful” with appropriate tenderness — but were she to tackle more upbeat numbers (say, a jaunty Cole Porter joint), this lovely set would gain some much-needed sass. DOWNLOAD THIS: I Like the Sunrise

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