Dissertation on the State of Bliss


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Many were surprised when Tom Wopat, best known for The Dukes of Hazzard, proved so good in the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun. But while TV gave him fame, the musical theater had provided his acting chops. In the years since Annie, Wopat has only confirmed his status as one of the musical theater's most compelling leading men: He's toured withChicago and performed as a solo cabaret act. Wopat's husky, sexy brand of masculinity works rather well with this repertoire, as examplified by this disc, his second collection of standards after 2000's In the Still of the Night Backed by a small jazz combo, Wopat opts for a nonchalant approach to Harold Arlen's songs--a nicely swinging version of "If I Only Had a Brain" is a notable exception. Even over-covered chestnuts like "Over the Rainbow" and "That Old Black Magic" come out sounding refreshed. Wopat tackles them respectfully but somehow puts his stamp on them. --Elisabeth Vincentelli


1. That Old Black Magic

2. Dissertation on the State of Bliss (Love and Learn)

3. My Shining Hour

4. If I Only Had a Brain

5. One for My Baby

6. Over the Rainbow

7. Look Who's Been Dreaming

8. Come Rain or Come Shine

9. Accentuate the Positive

10. Hit the Road to Dreamland

11. So Long Big Time

12. Last Night When We Were Young

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