The photograph was originally in color and (as the outtake below suggests) it had a sun-drenched, contemporary feel. But for this album of standards - most of which date back to the 1930s and 1940s - the color was taken down to near-sepia levels. A dusting of gold sprayed around the edges added a gilded quality. And the elegantly hand-scripted lettering enhances the sense of vintage charm. Crucially, though, her blue eyes remain in full color. This is not only a striking visual ploy, but also a signal that throughout the album her own musical personality shines through these classic songs.
Together with the news of her second marriage and all of the signs of her newly charged career, My Romance signalled a new era of confidence, and Carly's public appearances became more numerous too. (Her performance of "Little Girl Blue" and "He Was Too Good To Me" on the Today show in June 1990 was impeccable, and it can be seen on Youtube:
Most remarkably, there was an hour-long HBO special centred on My Romance. This allowed Carly to get past the foot of her bed and into a sleek, intimate, art deco nightclub fashioned specially for this event. Joined by the newcomer Harry Connick Jr., she performed as though she had been playing the better class of clubs for years. Yet it was one of just a handful of concerts she given over the past ten years. Somehow, inexplicably, the My Romance concert has never been released on DVD or blu-ray, but the shots below give a sense of its quality and atmosphere, not to mention her heartfelt, upbeat, and very distinctive delivery of these fine songs. The concert was a perfect showcase for an album that has itself become a standard, and it is now long overdue for a rerelease.