French pop/jazz chanteuse Zaz’s self-titled debut will finally be released in the U.S. via Sony later this summer. Zaz, whose real name is Isabelle Geffroy, bears such a striking vocal resemblance to Edith Piaf that it’s uncanny. The poor kid must be sick of the comparisons, but what else can I say here? This little gem of an album sounds like Edith Piaf singing modern, slightly quirky, jazz and pop tunes. I adore it.

The stunners on the disc are “Prends garde à ta langue” and “Ni oui ni non.” Other highlights include the opener “Les passants,” the piano torch number “Dans marve” and the jaunty pairing of “Je veux” and “Le long de la route.”

There really are no weak tracks on the album, the intricacies and charm of the arrangments are a perfect match for Zaz’ superb and distinctive voice.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3 of any of the studio tracks directly, but her label did authorize this free, legal, live mp3 (click the arrow icon to download)…

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You can also received a free, legal download from the album by signing up for Zaz’ email newsletter at her official site and hear samples of several other tracks at the links below…

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Katherine Jenkins: Believe

Move over Sarah Brightman, Katherine Jenkins is in town. The Welsh mezzo-soprano’s pristine, rafter-scraping voice is beautifully displayed on her new album, Believe. Katherine transforms classics by The Beatles, Queen and Edith Piaf into gorgeous arias and also covers newer songs by Evanescence and Sarah McLachlan. Produced by David Foster, the album features guests Andrea Bocelli and Chris Botti.

A lovely rendition of The Beatles’ “Til There Was You” melts into a dark yet gentle take on Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life.”

A tender rendering of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” follows, and the album’s title track is a soaring duet with Andrea Bocelli.

“Parla Più Piano (Love theme from The Godfather)” shows off the full range of Katherine’s voice, from its deepest, most robust depths to its highest opera-worthy trills.

A seraphic cover of Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever” serves as the finale to this splendid album.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can hear samples at the links below…

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