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||Poetry Man||Queen Latifah||4:39||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Georgia Rose||Queen Latifah||3:43||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars||Queen Latifah||3:54||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Don't Cry Baby||Queen Latifah||2:53||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||I Love Being Here With You||Queen Latifah||2:52||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'm Gonna Live Till I Die||Queen Latifah||2:09||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Trav'lin' Light||Queen Latifah||4:04||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl||Queen Latifah||3:05||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||I'm Not In Love||Queen Latifah||4:47||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||What Love Has Joined Together||Queen Latifah||3:40||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick On the Side)||Queen Latifah||5:41||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Gone Away||Queen Latifah||5:49||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||I Know Where I've Been (From "Hairspray")||Queen Latifah||4:13||£0.99||View In iTunes|
Trav'lin' Light, Queen Latifah's follow-up to her first collection of pop standards, The Dana Owens Album (2004), is, if anything, even better than that Grammy-nominated set. Contemporary performers often get into trouble when they take on music of the pre-rock era, but this one, who is by now so far removed from her origins that she probably should be referred to as a former rapper, not only has the vocal talent to carry it off, she also has put in the hard work with producers, arrangers, musicians, and (no doubt) a vocal coach to create a more-than-credible album. Previously, Queen Latifah made the jump from rapper to Oscar-nominated actress, and her acting classes also seem to have come in handy here. In song after song, she has come up with a character to portray through the lyrics, and that helps make her interpretations convincing. Sometimes, it is the songwriters themselves she seems to be channeling. "Poetry Man," the leadoff track, is not far removed from Phoebe Snow's original, although Queen Latifah wisely undersings where Snow elaborated. Similarly, on "I Love Being Here with You" and "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl," she seems more than familiar with the originals by authors Peggy Lee and Nina Simone, and her versions are affectionate annotations on them. She probably knows the '40s song "Don't Cry Baby" through its '60s revivals by Etta James and Aretha Franklin, and without competing against those greats gives it an enthusiastic treatment. And, of course, the title song dates to a Billie Holiday recording with Paul Whiteman; Queen Latifah suggests Holiday's style without aping it. She is ably assisted by some expert studio supporters including producers Tommy LiPuma and Ron Fair and arrangers Jerry Hey and John Clayton; no expense has been spared in filling several studios with dozens of musicians, including full string and horn sections and such name soloists as Stevie Wonder (featured on harmonica on "Georgia Rose") and Joe Sample (piano on "Georgia Rose," "Trav'lin' Light," and "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl"). A great deal of thought has gone into the song choices (executive producer Monica Lynch is thanked specifically for her suggestions), which range from the '20s all the way up to "I Know Where I've Been" from the 2007 Hairspray soundtrack. Finally, however, it is the singer herself who deserves the credit for making the album work. As with her acting, Queen Latifah's singing is most laudable for not trying to do too much; she may evoke James or Simone or Holiday (or Smokey Robinson or the Pointer Sisters), but she never tries to outsing them; rather, her versions are glosses on the greats she and her producers so admire.
Not Enough Sugar
Hmm.. this is such an odd album.. It's a bit like a Jazz set that was shelved while she made HAIRSPRAY.. when that was a success it's time to quickly get a c.d out before the shine wears off. It's not to say it's that bad.. Queen L is a good (If a little bland) singer.. The first half of this set is American soft Jazz that's a little "Hotel if you get my drift.. then it sparks up with the Roxy Music cover and some more fun modern tracks.. the best track is How Long.. down load just this one and make it a hit.. It's great. Poetry man is o.k.. then the wonderful track from HAIRSPRAY tops it off.. Buy tracks.. 1,3,5,8.9,10,11,12 & 13.. so.. not bad.. just put all the tracks in a different order and it's a better Album.
An absoultue LEDGE! Anybody so talented that they can master so many genres of music and still make them all sound fab deserves recognition! shes a total idol to me !!
This is the first time of hearing this lady. I am a lady who has just reached 70 I like bach to boogie, but she is great. As a jazz singer for me but no rap ugh Imagine her and Curtis Stigers together what an album, but one can dream. This album was brilliant and will listen quite a lot. Can thoroughly recommend it, will introduce it to my 'good listening friends in TURKEY', I know they will appreciated her. Scouse Bird
Born: 18 March 1970 in Newark, NJ
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s