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Classic Album Review: Vonda Shepard | By 7:30

Ally McBeal's resident lounge singer delivers a set of moody, trite love ballads.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Ally McBeal’s resident lounge singer sets her sights on a gig in the big room with this blatant bid to duplicate a Sheryl Crow album.

Too bad the album is Crow’s downbeat and soulful Globe Sessions and not her upbeat debut. All the hip L.A. production tricks — cheesy-cool drum machines, folkie acoustic guitars, trip-hoppy samples and loops — can’t obscure the fact that most of Shepard’s moody, trite love ballads have less substance than Calista Flockhart. The few times she kicks up her heels, Shepard deserves a toast. But it’s too little too late — by 7:30 into this disc, you’ll be ready to call it a night.