Of course, Tony Bennett
never was "plugged in," so the concept here is redundant, but what the hell. It's been a while since a Tony Bennett
live album, and he's always terrific in concert. Certainly, he is here, singing 22 pop standards, including many of his hits and many other songs he's made his own. Elvis Costello
and k.d. lang
drop by, but they're feeding off Bennett
's energy and star power, not the other way around. The album may be part of a successful marketing plan, but forget that and revel in the singing of a masterful song interpreter still, after 40 years, at the top of his game.