An Invitation - Inara George With Van Dyke Parks
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  • Summary: Inara George Works pairs up with the famous arranger Van Dyke Parkson on her latest album inspired by Frank Sinatra and Richard Sherman.
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  1. Parks proves an ideal partner for George, who grew up studying Shakespeare and is married to a film director, Jake Kasdan.
  2. The album's light-fantastic orchestration, courtesy of famed songwriter and composer Parks , is equally delightfully old-fashioned--though George's decidedly contemporary lyrics recall the arch-baroque confessionals of Rufus Wainwright and Fiona Apple. [15 Aug 2008, p.67]
  3. 80
    Although the daughter of Little Feat's late leader Lowell George charms with a crisp, vibrato-less chirp that suits her airy tunes, the star here is Parks, Brian Wilson's SMiLE collaborator, who surrounds George in a florid orchestral fantasia that flickers like a luscious, precisely gardened flower bed teeming with hidden fauna.
  4. An Invitation must have been a fun side project, but it may have all the permanence of the summer breeze it captures so perfectly.
  5. Invitation will surely add to Park's continuing influences in the pop community. [Fall 2008, p.80]
  6. 60
    Sometimes the sumptuousness feels a little excessive, like an ice-cream headache. But most of these love songs are uncommon, illuminating and elevating, just like the real thing at its best.
  7. The 13 tracks on this sophomore disc can be indistinguishable in their chirpiness, but George's balance of whimsy and a furrowed brow gives the Invitation its lovely charm.

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