They don’t quite make ‘em like this anymore. Randy Lyght’s vocal skills and smooth presence are a throwback to an earlier time in popular music history when a performer’s interpretative powers and skill for dovetailing his presentation into the arrangement meant far more than his fashionable dress. The single “Bumping Into Love” from his fourth studio release Another Side of Me is reminiscent of performers like Harry Connick Jr and other iconic figures like Sinatra and Tony Bennett, but these influences are filtered through his personal sensibility and emerge as something very much his own with this track. It’s indicative of the overall level of quality he’s pursued from the first and shows that this veteran vocalist and performer has perfected his craft in a way that few peers or contemporaries can hope to equal or excel. He’s put in the time and, at this stage in his life, Randy Lyght is producing music remarkable for its entertainment value and sturdy self-assurance.
The horns and effortless swing propelling the bulk of “Bumped Into Love” is joined by some very tasty drumming that never overstates its presence. Lyght sweeps listeners into the moment with a zesty, gently gliding performance ably surfing the arrangement’s brief peaks, valleys, and turns. It’s an unified work from the outset and there’s never an incongruous second listeners are forced to endure. The horns provide a bright sheen to the song that never intentionally or otherwise deprives Lyght of his vocal spotlight and, instead, often punctuates his phrasing with a brassy vigor that makes the song all the more memorable. This is definitely cut from an easy listening cloth, but that speaks more to the desire of Lyght and his accompanying musicians to connect with listeners rather than any inherent laziness.
The lyrical content doesn’t attempt to remake the wheel and comes off every bit as focused as the musical content. Lyght inhabits each line of the song with a distanced presence, but he never stays so far away that the song ever threatens to wither and die on him. The words are well conceived, but they are attended to with the same attention to detail distinguishing the musical arrangement and are obviously crafted to complement it rather than vice versa. All of the classical elements that make songs of this ilk, or any other, so memorable are in evidence here and listeners benefit from hearing a world class vocalist at the top of his game working it out for us. “Bumped into Love” isn’t some epochal work aiming to get us thinking about music in a new way; instead, it hits on all the right and familiar nerves as a supreme example of new wine being poured into old bottles. Randy Lyght’s Another Side of Me is a definite winner of the remaining album tracks compare to this gem.