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Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett a bad-dream team on 'Cheek to Cheek'
Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett a bad-dream team on 'Cheek to Cheek'

It’s hard to decide who needs more protection from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s unbearable new duets album. On one hand, you want to shield older traditionalists familiar with the material -- well-worn standards out of the Great American Songbook -- from the shallow, deeply unimaginative renditions here. On the other, it seems a shame to expose younger pop fans -- those who’ve taken heart in Lady Gaga’s once-powerful message of self-affirmation -- to the full breadth of her new-found cynicism. How else to hear “Cheek to Cheek,” which follows the perceived failure last year of the singer’s “Artpop”? Ever since Lady Gaga’s third...

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