Two of the greatest and most influential vocalists of their respective generations, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga produce a wealth of richly sentimental, celestial sounds, existing comfortably both in the past from which they derive and the present in which they were recorded. On their second and final outing, Bennett and Gaga build their own palace of rich, melodic harmony once more as they cover 12 selections from the Cole Porter canon, inviting the listener in from the icy cold to experience its warmth, if only for 36 minutes. Gaga, per usual, casts her unique light across each track, most especially on the opening "It's De-Lovely" and the luscious "Do I Love You," on which she once again validates the argument that she may remain her generation's greatest performer.
Although many of the people who arrive at this project will have come from Lady Gaga 's immense pool of fans, this is an accessible and enjoyable album for all fans of traditional pop, vocal jazz and easy listening. There are tracks on here - as there were on their first collaborative album Cheek to Cheek - where the duo sing separately, but the best examples of why these albums work is in the beauty of the two voices coming together. The opening trifecta, "It's De-Lovely", "Night and Day" and the title track, all showcase how well this concept works.
Pandemic aside, Lady Gaga has proved to be unstoppable across the past 18 months. With the warm glow of the acclaim lavished on her acting turn in A Star Is Born still resting on her shoulders, 2020's dazzling 'Chromatica' pointed to pop's future, one forged from emphatic electronic production. A recent club-focussed remix album added another chapter to 'Chromatica', before Gaga revealed plans for yet another project.