27 Feb JAZZ TIMES, Christopher Loudon “…keenly imaginative Duboc [is] one of the most interesting and dynamic jazz singers of her generation”
Building on the significant strength of her first two albums, Carol Duboc slows things considerably for her third Gold Not disc, All of You. At first flush, it sounds like a straight forward assemblage of ballads, with originals and contemporary cover from the Bill Withers, Lennon and McCartney and Sting songbooks nestled in cozy, acoustic settings. But closer listening reveals that the keenly imaginative Duboc, one of the most interesting and dynamic jazz singers of her generation, has cleverly shaped an evocative excavation of love in all it’s forms, exploring such disparate themes as obsessive love (“Every Breath You Take,” “Drowning”), romantic misjudgment (“I Underestimated You”), satisfying devotion (the Duboc-penned title track and Bobby Hebb’s ebullient “Sunny”), romantic subjugation (Withers’ “Use Me,” “Empty”) and self-delusion (“My Luck is Going to Change”) and the promise of romantic renewal (“Blackbird”). Tying the album’s various threads together, Duboc concludes with “Love You More Than Life Itself,” which sassily suggests “que sera sera” resignation to love’s vagaries and our individual and collective inability to chart the heart’s path.