воскресенье, 3 июня 2007 г.

Deniece Williams - 2007 - Love Niecy Style


Deniece Williams - 2007 - Love Niecy Style

Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
Original Release Date: April 24, 2007
Label: Shanachie
ASIN: B000N3TZBY

Codec: Lame 3.92
Quality: CBR, 320kbps, stereo

Tracklisting:

1 That's How Heartaches Are Made -- with Stevie Wonder
2 Love's Holiday -- with Philip Bailey
3 This Time I'll Be Sweeter
4 If You Really Love Me
5 Someday We'll All Be Free
6 Cherish
7 Lady Love Me (One More Time) -- with George Duke
8 The Only Thing Missing -- with Everette Harp
9 Never Too Much
10 'Cause You Love Me Baby

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Music Review: Deniece Williams - Love, Niecy Style
Written by Matthew Milam
Published April 15, 2007
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2007/04/15/083055.php

I used to love Peter Cetera, who became something of the better known part of the group Chicago, which is ironically where I am. When he left the group around the 80s, he really only had two albums that I liked – Solitude, Solitaire and World Falling Down. One Clear Voice was alright, but the soul just wasn’t there like it used to be.

I’m only vaguely familiar with Deniece Williams because of her contribution to one of the greatest film soundtracks of all time. Her song, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” was perfect for the 80s. It was bright, it was positive, and had that Cyndi Lauper let’s-just dance-even-thou-we-look-stupid feel to it.

No one can sing that good forever, nor does everyone feel the need to keep trying. That however hasn’t stopped Mrs. Williams from branching out into other things. She’s brought the heat to the church and brought fun to children and had done a radio show for BBC Radio for 10 years.

Love, Niecy Style is a return to the genre that made her. Aside from one new track, “The Only Thing I’m Missing Is You”, the album is made of remakes of songs by Luther Vandross (“Never Too Much”) and Donny Hathaway (“Someday We’ll All Be Free”) as well as other artists known to R&B. As with all remake albums some cuts work, while some are a complete challenge. Still it makes for an interesting listen and allows for an artist to attempt to break the comfort zone of their vocal range.

First up is a rendition of a song called Baby Washington’s “That’s How Heartaches Are Made”. It could have been a good song, but the chorus is a tad on the annoying side. Deniece seems to really get into sultry sundayness with Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “Love’s Holiday” and the Broadway dramatic of Angela Bofil’s “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter”. “If You Really Love Me” (from Stevie Wonder) seems hard to sing due to the uniqueness of the vocals of Wonder himself, still it’s kinda cute to hear her try and catch up with the pace of the song while trying to do the vocals.

According to the press materials that came with the CD, the hardest challenges came from doing a song by Donny Hathaway (“Someday We’ll All Be Free”) and Luther (“Never Too Much”). I’d say her anxiety about doing these songs was unfounded. She may not be either artist when it comes to her vocal range, but she makes the songs her own — especially on “Someday We’ll All Be Free”. That comes through on her take on Kool and The Gang’s “Cherish”, although I’m still stuck on the lush 80’s background vocals of the original.

There are a couple of tunes that are hers on the album. One is a remake of “Cause You Love Me, Baby” while the other is a new song called “The Only Thing I’m Missing Is You”. The latter song is interesting perhaps because I keep thinking she was listening to some Chante Moore — not a bad thing as she is an underrated artist herself.

Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow have had success in re-doing classic songs of old, that success should come to Deniece Williams. Even thou she struggles on a couple of songs here and there, she really does feel like she’s re-learning her old R&B roots again. For those of you who complain that today’s music is too crude and you want to travel back in time, Love, Niecy Style is for you.

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