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Music Consumption: Martin Denny
02/24/2001 Martin Denny: Quiet Village

I've been wanting a copy of this for a while. I swear, if I ever get a phone system that allows hold music, this is it. The version of "Stranger in Paradise" that begins the disc is a slab of pure swankerie, from the thick, melodic vibes to the uptempo bridge with glockenspiel accents. Relaxing, ironically "exotic," and actually exotic, it's a pleasure. There are the requisite Hawaiian kitsch pieces, but so what? When I was a kid, I imagined that adult life involved sitting around in a robe, drinking cocktails, listening to stuff like this. Guess what--it does!