At times, the vintage intonations of Hearns’ vocal folds sound like she is channeling Debbie Reynolds like in the flirty sway and the upbeat versing of "On The Street Where You Live," or Peggy Lee in the softly winged holds that her voice has on the title track. Hearns displays keen instincts for tweaking the lyrics so they become more bendable in her grasp as she turns the verses in ways that only a seasoned vocalist would think to do. The treatments that she applies to the vocal melodies make the tunes sound unique and sparkle with a gracefulness that will please swing-jazz enthusiasts. Her band on the recording include Howard Alden on guitar, Kelly Friesen on bass, Keith Ingham on piano, and Arnold Wise on drums who blanket her vocals in downy cushions and fluent nuances that frame her voice in delicately coutured jazz. The sassy shimmies of "Easy Living" have a sugary glint, while the bluesy elegance of "Lonely Woman" has a pensive eloquence. Hearns wraps herself around these songs as much as she wraps them around her finger, making the two become inseparable.
Hearns’ treatments on these songs give them an invigorating push in the direction of disengaging them from what people remember about them, while keeping the songs sounding familiar in peoples ears. Standards that have been cast in stone are liberated of their mold and fashioned with new trimmings. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music and the offspring of parents who were both music professors, Lisa Hearns seems to have her own take on jazz standards without diminishing their alluring touch. Singing standards often puts an image in audiences minds that they are entering a time machine, and returning to an era when swing-jazz was more popular than American Idol contestants, but Hearns does not so much as go back in time as she brings standards out of the past and re-awakens their hearth.