Album Review: Storm Large

Le Bonheur (Heinz)

[WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed from titillating dowagers at Union Station's piano bar, Storm Large has so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side projects threaten to overshadow the estimable pipes and provocateur instincts first sparking her ascent. Finally, after recruiting an all-star retinue of guests for a jaunt through jazz standards and rock-era classics alongside a pair of originals, La Large returns in full-throated majesty with Le Bonheur. Storm's sizable vocal range encompasses a lived-in earthiness that grounds the instrumental backdrops before a cultivated precision ever turns antiseptic. Newer tunes sometimes veer toward karaoke theatrics, but the playful phrasing that enlivens "The Lady Is a Tramp" and the pop-metal dynamics propelling "I've Got You Under My Skin" toward power-ballad territory impose a distinctly engrossing worldview upon chestnuts seemingly immune to idiosyncratic readings yet unmistakably branded Storm Large. 

SEE IT: Storm Large plays Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., on Monday, Sept. 8. 7:30 pm. Sold out. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

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