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In Brief

* Carly Simon, "Film Noir," Arista.

September 14, 1997|Elysa Gardner

Surely no one would mistake Simon's whiny, overwrought delivery for that of a chanteuse--no one, that is, except Simon herself, whose third misguided collection of standards includes songs taken from and evocative of film noir. The orchestrations are tastefully lush, but hearing Simon rip into such torchy classics as "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" and "Don't Smoke in Bed" is like watching a great old movie colorized with crayons.

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