Roberta Flack, classically trained on the piano, sent on a college music scholarship at age 15, and top pop vocalist with 1970s’ hits including “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Where Is the Love” (with Donny Hathaway), “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and one of the most romantic tunes, “The Closer I Get to You”, playfully turns to the Beatles with Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles, her new, interpretive album of Beatles’ classics. It’s not for everyone – some will say, with merit, that it’s overproduced – but I like it. Beatles’ fans may find Flack’s upbeat, rhythm and blues takes on classic tunes off-putting or different. Roberta Flack fans may prefer she had taken a more restrained, acoustic approach. Easy Beatles and Roberta Flack fans like me, who appreciate their music but don’t own every recording, will probably find that bringing a touch of techno-pop to Let It Be hits the sweet spot. Among the 12 songs, sung flawlessly and with respect are an easygoing “If I Fell”, a jazzed-up “In My Life”, soulful title tune, infectiously danceable “I Should Have Known Better” and an old recording of Flack singing “Here, There and Everywhere” at Carnegie Hall in 1972. The best thing about Let It Be, created with the consent of Yoko Ono Lennon, who pens an endorsement in the liner notes, is that there’s not a downer in the bunch, she takes a sad song and makes it happier, sometimes even better – depending on your mood. Let It Be lets Roberta Flack have some overdue fun with rock and roll. Let it loose and enjoy. Happy Valentine’s Day.