Let It Be Me - Mathis In Nashville
Although the word "Nashville" appears in the title and Alison Krauss duets on the lovely title track, this is not a country record. Still, Johnny Mathis hasn't sounded so on point in ages. His trademark vocals are as smooth and rich as ever, and the gentle countrification of the musical arrangements help elevate songs, such as the folk standard "Shenandoah," to a higher level. Mathis' effortless take on country standards "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" hit the mark with exceptional accuracy, though the Dixie Chicks' "Lovin' Arms" may have been better left untouched.