Pastel Blues – Nina Simone (1965)

Pastel Blues - Nina Simone (1965)

The lounge leanings of Nina’s previous albums are completely stripped away and here Nina Simone is presented as a soulful, bluesy, gritty, serious artist. Her silky timbre, her huge range, and all the devastating emotion she packs into classics like Sinnerman and Strange Fruit makes her one of the most powerful singers I’ve ever heard. She can do anything she feels like with her voice, too – she gets sultry with Tell Me More and More and Then Some, romantic on Be My Husband, and playfully nostalgic on Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. She had it all, really.

Choice Cut: Sinnerman
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