Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. But after moving past those first moments of seeming artist/song incongruity, the listener will discover an album full of pleasant surprises and vocals that show Stewart in a most flattering light.
  2. 70
    A tasteful selection of pre-war era classics in a supper club jazz setting.
  3. The whole thing sounds good on paper, but in practice, it's a bit of a mixed bag.
  4. His similar-sounding interpretations lose their oomph a few tracks in.
  5. 40
    The arrangements are banal, but the tunes are exquisite, and his voice, more worn now, is recorded intimately. [Dec 2002, p.148]
  6. Here, he sings against syrupy, obvious orchestral arrangements, driven by a beat that sometimes seems on the verge of a nap -- all of which encourages Stewart's worst habits: He sounds lazy, glib and uninvolved, just the opposite of when he still mattered.
  7. 20
    Though The Great American Songbook is bad, it's not shamefully bad--if only because it's too tasteful to risk sinking that low. [#11, p.143]
  8. The drab orchestrations offer tepid schmaltz, not romance. [Dec 2002, p.112]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. AlvaroG.
    May 4, 2008
    8
    Why so bad ratings??? the whole series of The Great American Songbook are great!!
  2. MistyC
    Oct 30, 2006
    10
    I LOVE this CD along with ALL of Rods others. Only being 24 I hadn't listened to this type of music before thanks Rod.
  3. GiuseppeR
    Jul 7, 2006
    10
    A particular voice for some of the best songs of the last century. A great interpretation with very good arrangements. The official critics A particular voice for some of the best songs of the last century. A great interpretation with very good arrangements. The official critics didn't appreciate this CD because it is too easy to love it. It's difficult to tire to listen to it. You wish to dance, to sing, to beat time. What else is the music? Full Review »