- Published: Friday, 28 November 2014 17:14
The musicianship on this album is just way too polished. Some people can sing, some people can play and when fine artists come together on an album like this, I just want a little bit of imperfection. The arrangements are amazingly executed but are way overcooked.
If that's a compliment, then i'm offering it.
It IS a duets album, and has a good mix of contemporary and legacy artists on the album. "Raindrops" is a quirky surprise with Ziggy Marley, and "Message To Michael" with Cyndi Lauper had me intrigued, Ne-Yo sounds like Tevin Campbell (and why is there an extended mix of their duet?) and Mya is lovely but I mistook her for Brandy.
"Deja Vu" is more along the classic Warwick sound, but the rest makes this album largely forgettable. The biggest disappointment was the duet with Gladys Knight, which I really wanted to be the highlight. "I Know, I'll Never Love This Way Again" is a classic, but this sounds like an impromptu late night karaoke session after a few tonics. It's great to hear the husky voice of Dionne Warwick again, don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of her work. Just not this, sadly.