Stark has an easy going and affable singing style with a clear delivery of the lyrics and a unique and personal vibrato. While Stark adequately navigates the more up tempo tunes on the recording such as Fats Waller’s "Someday Sweetheart," her talents are best exhibited on the mid tempo swingers like "Restless," "A Hundred Years From Today," "Harlem Butterfly," and the ballads like "Spring Isn’t Everything" and the traditional "Loch Lomand." Pianist Mike Abene’s arrangements also showcase the talents of a solidly swinging back up band that supports and never overpowers Stark’s vocals. Of particular note are trumpeter Warren Vache’s playing behind Stark on Johnny Mercer’s "Harlem Butterfly," and James Chirillo’s wonderfully minimal yet complete guitar accompaniment on ""Spring Isn’t Everything."
Stark’s CD is not "cutting edge" nor particularly adventurous musically as it was likely her intent was to reproduce the substance of Maxine Sullivan’s talents via her musical past rather than to break new ground. Stark provides good renditions of the timeless classics on the CD and for the listener who enjoys good straight ahead traditional swinging songs with an easy going and clear cut presentation, Sally Stark Sings Maxine Sullivan would be a most welcome addition to a CD collection.