12 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cassandra Wilson’s decision to cover the works of Billie Holiday in celebration of Holiday’s centennial was simply the right thing to do. Thankfully, Wilson doesn’t just run through the catalog and collect $200 here. She teams up with producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and recasts the songs as modern marvels. “Billie’s Blues” is every bit Cassandra’s, and “Strange Fruit” is as eerie and horrific as ever, enhanced by a noirscape of rumbling drums, ominous piano, and stalking bass. “The Way You Look Tonight,” with clarinet and strings, holds its romance. Occasional modernity peeks out, but the torch ballads are timeless and the singing is sublime. Of course.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Cassandra Wilson’s decision to cover the works of Billie Holiday in celebration of Holiday’s centennial was simply the right thing to do. Thankfully, Wilson doesn’t just run through the catalog and collect $200 here. She teams up with producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and recasts the songs as modern marvels. “Billie’s Blues” is every bit Cassandra’s, and “Strange Fruit” is as eerie and horrific as ever, enhanced by a noirscape of rumbling drums, ominous piano, and stalking bass. “The Way You Look Tonight,” with clarinet and strings, holds its romance. Occasional modernity peeks out, but the torch ballads are timeless and the singing is sublime. Of course.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

John Jones ,

A perfect tribute to Lady Day

As Cassandra has said in several interviews, merely recreating the mood of Billie’s recordings has already been done…countless times. On “Coming Forth by Day” Cassandra reinvents 11 of Billie’s classics in a fresh and unexpected soundscape. She caresses the songs in her usual low register and producer Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) provides textures that are alternately spooky and soothing, falling somewhere between rootsy pop/rock and juke joint blues. This stunning, completely unexpected tribute album is Cassandra’s best work in a decade.

Freeleo... ,

Loving This Project!

Cassandra Wilson does an amazing job of honoring the spirit and musical legacy of Miss Billie Holiday, while making the material sound fresh, vibrant, and current. I'm enjoying the entire project. Highlights are Don't Explain, Good Morning Heartache, Last Song, Billie's Blues, and Strange Fruit. The vocals and musicianship are top notch.

Iamjoytwice ,

Beyond Delighted

HAUNTING
SEXY
PROVOCATIVE
ENRAPTURING. ...
SO MUCH MORE THAN I IMAGINED. Beyond delighted. ...

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