Album Review: “Love for Sale” Highlights the Thrill of Jazz Music, the End of Tony Bennett’s Groundbreaking Jazz Career
This isn’t the first time Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have come together to revive the classic sound of jazz music. The duo released their album, Cheek to cheek, in 2014 and have been inseparable ever since. Seven years later Love for sale focuses on the iconic music of Cole Porter. It is the perfect sequel to the collaborators’ debut album and reminds listeners of the true beauty of jazz jazz.
Sadly, this album marks the end of Bennett’s decades of career after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. The jazz singer let Gaga take charge of the entire recording process, encouraging her to sing solo. on some tracks. In an interview with Apple Music, Gaga said, “Tony gave me the inspiration and permission to court again in the studio. He reminded me that I am the artist.
Love for sale is a reminder of the close bond Gaga and Bennett share and you can feel it in every song as they laugh and take the time to talk to each other. Compared to the dark and serious nature of Cheek to cheek, the last album is vibrant and whimsical.
The opening of the album “It’s De-Lovely” is a sweet melody that reflects the duo’s vibrant new sound. The opening trumpets that lead to a piano decrescendo and Gaga’s soft voice reflect the happiness evident in her voice as Bennett joins her for the chorus. They sing about the beauty of finding true love and serenity, which might hint at the current friendship of the two.
“Love for Sale”, one of the album’s main singles, describes the epitome of young love. The track emphasizes the ecstasy of falling in love quickly and warns the listener of the consequences that come with it. While not as flashy and punchy as any Gaga cover, it still puts a smile on your face and allows you to rock back and forth, wishing that love would come your way.
In contrast, “Do I Love You” is a flawless love song that serves as Lady Gaga’s solo. It almost feels like she’s only singing for you, as the singer hums about not being able to live without the love of her life and how much she appreciates them. The orchestra playing in the background also makes it a staple in the tracklist.
The upbeat tempo of “I Get A Kick Out Of You” is all about finding solace and attraction in the person you love and not caring about what other people think when you’re around them. You might want to snap your fingers to this beat as the duo say “I’m not getting any shots of champagne / Mere alcohol doesn’t make me vibrate at all / So tell me, why should this be true?” Mm, yeah / I like you. The overall sound of the track is infectious and the vocals of Gaga and Bennett complement each other and demonstrate the powerful strength of their vocals.
“You’re The Top” ends the album in style. His return of trumpets and percussion is reminiscent of the courage for which Gaga and Bennett are known. For fans who have followed the duo since their first collaboration together, this song is for you.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have proven that jazz music can be revived and radiate a lighter, brighter sound. Love for sale has its moments when certain songs lack the brilliance of Cheek to cheek but on the whole, reminds jazz listeners of its dynamism and instrumentation. This does not detract from the value of the album; there are just songs that get repetitive or go on too long. The duo’s growth is evident on every track, but it may not be as noticeable as its predecessor.