NY Cabaret Review By Marcina Zaccaria
On October 16th, Recording Artist Isabel Rose held an album release party at The Cutting Room for her latest effort, Trouble in Paradise.
The singer has had a charmed career. In addition to her latest album, Rose starred in a film called Anything But Love, released by Samuel Goldwyn. Her book, J.A.P. Chronicles, was published by Doubleday and later became an Off-Broadway musical.
To promote her latest album, Trouble in Paradise, Rose gave a spirited performance. The album, produced by Bob Rock, features pop music with cabaret flair. It is a lively musical journey. The singer began her performance in a short, strappy maroon dress with plenty of fringe. She is a sleek performer, glad to recalls the 60s with dance steps and beehive hairdos. Performing with two dancing, back-up singers and a five piece band, Isabel Rose has all the presence of a diva. Her vocal skills are unmistakable. Her voice is sometimes sultry, sometimes raspy, and her performance often looks flawless.
The music feels like a great throwback. With tunes we know like “The Things We Do for Love” and “Rollin’ on a River,” Rose brings both grit and finesse to the stage. “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl” is a teasing melody, with just enough theatrical bump and grind. “More and More of your Amor” had a great Latin feel to it. Rose is easily a sinner and an angel, unafraid to lean on a piano, and share a song with the room. She and her band generate enough inherent drama and variation throughout the performance, with enough pause and attack, to create an interesting musical arc.
Rose ended the show in a gold, form fitting gown. There was plenty of warm emotion in the room while Isabel Rose thanked her voice teacher and her album collaborators. For an encore, Rose sang “Reflections,” a song that looked perfect in the night club with purple lights that glittered above the stage.
The Cutting Room celebrates pop and rock music, as well as cabaret. Rose has previously performed at Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, Catalina’s Jazz Club, and The Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center. She will be singing songs from Trouble in Paradise at 54 Below on October 1st.
It’s likely that Trouble in Paradise will be a hit with an audience who appreciates both pop music and show tunes. The album, Trouble in Paradise, is released by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.