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Leavin' (Digital Bonus Track)

Natalie Cole

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Album Review

Natalie Cole's second album for Verve, released four years after Ask a Woman Who Knows, is also based around covers. This time out, she fixes her gaze on more modern material and is joined by producer Dallas Austin. Backed by a band anchored by Austin (who drums throughout), longtime Austin associate Tony Reyes (bass, guitar), and Marvin "Chanz" Parkman (keyboards), Cole breezes through an easygoing set of covers including the likely (Aretha Franklin's "Day Dreaming," Des'ree's "You Gotta Be"), the relatively unlikely (Neil Young's "Old Man," Kate Bush's "The Man with the Child in His Eyes"), and the practically required (the requisite Sting cover, thankfully not "Fragile"). Sounding like it was recorded at a leisurely pace, with all the involved enjoying themselves, the album should be a treat for any Cole fan, even though there is only one original song: the classy, Al Green-inspired "5 Minutes Away."

Customer Reviews

WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL .... Simply wonderful !

I really enjoy Natalie when she sings Jazz BUT I truly adore her when she does R&B... Her sound is of today but the feel is so true and real- never abandoning that vintage late 70's sound. Luv most of the album!

Love "The Man with the Child in His Eyes"

I can't speak to Cole's entire album, but I think she does a fantastic job of covering Kate Bush's song--one of the pieces that adolescent Bush used to win over Dave Gilmour and EMI back in the 70s. Cole brings a different perspective to the song but retains its haunting, consoling qualities. Something about her take on it reminds me of the Gabriel/Bush collaboration, "Don't Give Up." Great, too, that Cole does what Bush once said a cover should do: Bring something different to the song. I have to admit, I've never really given Cole's work much notice, though I've always respected her. I think it's time that I started collecting her work.

Soulfully wonderful

Saw Natalie perform the cover of Fiona Apple's "Criminal" on the Today show and was blown away! It was fantastic. That inspired me to check out this album and I am not disappointed. It's got all the funk and soul of that performance: wonderful harmonies, great rhythms and great versions of some great songs! Well worth the purchasing the whole album.

Biography

Born: February 6, 1950 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The daughter of jazz and pop legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole forged a successful career in three phases. She began in the '70s as a soul-rooted artist, had success in the '80s with pop-oriented R&B material, and then followed in the footsteps of her father with traditional pop as her foundation from the '90s through the early 2010s. From 1976 through 2009, she won nine Grammy awards, including Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female...
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