“It’s Lesley Gore’s career, she’ll revive it if she wants to . . . (She) has released her first new album in 30 years. It is called Ever Since, and it is as mature and wistful as her early records were brash and bright. “You Don’t Own Me” reappears on Ever Since, in a restrained arrangement that suits the disc’s cabaret cocktail of jazzy pop and spry ballads. “Out Here on My Own,” from Fame, also returns, along with three other tracks of which Ms. Gore was either writer or co-writer. (Blake) Morgan and another of his label’s recording artists, Mike Errico, contributed most of the rest of the songs. Ms. Gore’s voice is a little huskier with the years, and her singing shows the influence of the jazz singers she grew up listening to, like Nina Simone and Dinah Washington.”
—The New York Times
(CRITIC’S CHOICE) “On her first album of new material in 30 years, Gore goes the pop-cabaret route via 10 songs that revel in an intimate setting. Simple yet lush arrangements surround her voice . . . The ever-hopeful “Better Angels” is an absolute high point in a collection of several peaks.”
“Yes, Lesley Gore is back. The singer who stood out in the ’60s girl-group era by going it alone, who insisted on the right to cry at her own party, who championed feminist pop before the term was coined (via “You Don’t Own Me”) and who has been absent from the recording scene for 30 years, has a new album. And, no, thank heavens, she hasn’t jumped aboard the vintage pop standards bandwagon a la Rod Stewart and Carly Simon. Instead, Ever Since is a cozy pop cabaret album, an intimate showcase for Gore’s now hazy alto and contemplative delivery. You won’t detect even a whiff of the Quincy Jones-tailored wraparound productions that propelled Gore up the charts in her youth, but there are reminders of her past (and the passing of time), from the wistful title track (“All the weight of nights and days / Too long to list / All the parties I’ve been to / You were missed”) to the closing ballads. On “Out Here on My Own,” the Oscar-nominated Fame hit she co-wrote with brother Michael, Gore confesses, “Sometimes I wonder where I’ve been / Who I am, do I fit in…” On “We Went So High,” she concludes, “And when you think you’re safe and sound / Anywhere you go from there is down.” Gore also revisits “You Don’t Own Me,” quietly delivering the album’s most somber and soulful performance. As you might expect of an artist who has had a lot of time to mull things over, Gore has chosen her songs and settings with care. The effort makes her return all the more welcome and enjoyable.”
—The Washington Post
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