27 Feb JAZZREVIEW.COM, Bruce Pulver “The concept began when I started looking for a special Valentine’s song.
I realized there weren’t many out there so I wrote my own…” Read Carol’s full interview with Bruce Pulver featured on JazzReview.com
EDGE PUBLICATIONS, Adela M. Brito “Songs For Lovers” is a great collection for easy listening and for when you’ve got romance on your mind and want to set the perfect mood”
Carol Duboc’s new release “Songs For Lovers” is just what it promises — a smooth collection of romantic tunes for couples. Ms. Duboc, while not a household name, has been around for a long time and has written songs for others musicians, including R&B artists Patti LaBelle, Stephanie Mills and Chante Moore. On “Songs For Lovers,” her third album, Duboc wrote all the new material, and produced the album with her musical arranger Tom Carmon. Ms. Duboc’s style is a mix of jazz and R&B, and her lyrics and songs are uplifting. The album is perfect mood music for a romantic evening, or just for relaxation. “My Valentine,” the first single is a nice opener. Other songs that standout on “Songs For Lovers” are “Brownies and Wine,” “Around You” and “Night Moods.” The latter is my favorite song from this album, reminding me of Sade’s “Smooth Operator” days. Two highlights on this album are instrumentals, with Duboc on the piano, “Passion” and “A Longing,” that are the shortest songs on the album and serve almost as interludes to the other more upbeat songs. Duboc does a great job covering two R&B classics, Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Making Love.” She adds her special touch to these songs. “Sexual Healing” is a bit slower than Marvin’s and sung in a way that it could initially pass for another song. Duboc takes the sexy lyrics slowly, giving them the chance to be savored. Duboc’s version of “Feel Like Making Love” is more upbeat than the original, with a tinge of funk. While a fan of the original, this listener favors Duboc’s version a little more. “Songs For Lovers” is a great collection for easy listening and for when you’ve got romance on your mind and want to set the perfect mood.