In Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s second studio album together, the duo takes on yet another round of classic songs written by the legendary Cole Porter. It marks Bennett’s 61st and final studio album following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2016. In many regards, “Love For Sale" describes the years-long friendship between two seemingly different stars.
For Gaga, “Love For Sale” comes on the heels of a futuristic pop album, “Dawn of Chromatica.” The unlikely combination of the jazz legend and pop star yields an engaging and fun listening experience. Together, they breathe new and unique life into classic songs originally written during the Big Band Era. Furthermore, the top-notch production adds to this experience by creating a polished and deliberate sound.
While Bennett and Gaga are rightfully the stars of the album, the band playing alongside them deserves an abundance of praise. Additionally, the solos on “Love For Sale” and “Let’s Do It” add even more depth to two already powerful songs.
Though every track deserves a thorough listen, there are definite standouts.
The first track, “It’s De-Lovely,” begins with blaring trumpets before mellowing out to a smooth, piano-accompanied verse by Gaga. Before long, the brass section lively reenters the song and Gaga hands the vocals to Bennett. The pair sets the tone for the rest of the album with this joyful and upbeat love song.
In “Night and Day,” Bennett shines as the opener in this track with simple instrumentation supporting him. The connection between the duo is audible in this song and at times gives it a conversational feel as the artists go back and forth.
The title track, “Love For Sale,” is a highlight for both Bennett and Gaga. Bennett’s raspy and consistent vocals act as an anchor for Gaga, as she demonstrates her versatile voice.
The elation heard in Gaga’s and Bennett’s voices on “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” makes it one of the best listens on the album. Considering it covers an incredibly famous song, the success found by both artists makes it even sweeter.
Two songs later, the pair masterfully takes on “I Get A Kick Out Of You.” This exciting track demonstrates the heartwarming chemistry between Bennett and Gaga. I couldn’t help but snap along to this one.
“So In Love” is the first of two songs on the album that Bennett takes on alone. Its mysterious sound sets it apart from other tracks. Bennett’s passion shines as he navigates through the song.
“You’re The Top” acts as Bennett’s cheerful swan song. It has a celebratory, yet bittersweet feel as it marks the end of a jazz legend’s career.
With fall steadily upon us, this is the perfect album to listen to as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. The historical significance and the iconic performances by Bennett and Gaga make it a must-listen.
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
“I Get A Kick Out Of You”
“So In Love”