By Whitney Pastorek
February 04, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Sing: Chapter 1

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Wy doesn’t elevate the American songbook on Sing: Chapter 1, an album of covers, so much as knock it unconscious. The frisky New Orleans jazz of ”That’s How Rhythm Was Born” and ”Women Be Wise” may be A-OK, but once the arrangements can no longer match her vocals — beware those lugubrious strings! — everything collapses. Worse, there’s just nothing new or fresh about the way she’s flogging these favorites. And honestly, haven’t songs like ”When I Fall in Love” suffered enough? C

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