The sexy Argentine chanteuse has a wisp of a voice that tops Michael Franks
for extreme subtlety, but there's no denying its calm and seductive appeal on a mix of uniquely arranged Billie Holiday
classics and a handful of originals. The best way to describe Anders
' approach to Lady Day is to imagine the legend chilling out in a South American rain forest surrounded by a gentle acoustic guitar and bandeon. "Our Love Is Here to Stay" plays like a slow-speed samba that Astrud Gilberto
might feel at home with, but with trance effects. A few too many trippy liberties are taken, however, with "God Bless the Child," which is hard to recognize melodically even as Anders
' restrained phrasing makes the lyrics clear. The best news for the singer is that at least a few of her originals -- particularly "Embrace Me" and the soundscape-enhanced "All Your Love" -- feel right at home among those legendary tracks. Judging from the intoxicating "The Buenos Aires Mix," she's also not averse to taking some odd-metered risks. No one can accuse Anders
of possessing an overwhelming vocal presence, but for exotic make-out music, she's definitely on top of the pile.