Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor

Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor

The songs on Caro Emerald’s first album unreel like clips from old movies you can’t quite place but seem hauntingly familiar. Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor conjures visions of '30s-era femme fatales and plucky heroines, with side trips into more contemporary scenarios along the way. Emerald—a Netherlands-based vocalist with impressive jazz chops—inhabits these musical vignettes with considerable poise and a sense of fun. Producers David Schreurs and Jan van Wieringen (who cowrote the album’s songs with Vincent Degiorgio) shift between styles and eras while maintaining a moody film noir ambiance. Emerald plays the sultry vamp on “Just One Dance” and “Absolutely Me,” gets torchy on “I Know That He’s Mine,” and cuts loose for a campy romp on “Dr. Wanna Do.” She’s even better on dance floor fare like the ultra-catchy “Back It Up” and the smoldering, Cuban-accented “A Night Like This” (both huge Dutch singles). “The Lipstick on His Collar” finds her striding into R&B diva territory over heavy brass and insinuating strings. Deleted Scenes signals Emerald’s emergence as a versatile talent to watch.

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