Sweet Dreams by Mandy Barnett
Mandy Barnett is one of the few singers who, with her soft yet compelling voice, can embody the emotional torch-and-twang style of Patsy Cline with authority. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Patsy’s signature ballad, “Crazy,” Mandy has recorded her own versions of a dozen songs associated with Patsy.
Mandy purrs softly on the Irving Berlin composition “Always” and turns brassy on “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home.” She navigates “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Crazy” and “She’s Got You” with balance and grace, respecting Patsy’s legacy as a groundbreaking vocalist while updating the classic songs with unique interpretations. Mandy’s voice especially captivates on the opening sweep of the title track “Sweet Dreams,” backed predominantly by sparse piano.
While one could question the need for cover versions of Patsy’s signature songs when the original recordings can still be heard, Mandy’s effortless and emotional performances make this tribute worth a listen.