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Good to Be Back

Natalie Cole

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Album Review

When Natalie Cole released 1989's Good to Be Back, the follow-up to 1987's Everlasting, her fans had become accustomed to her year-long recording gaps for six years, going back to 1983's I'm Ready. So it's not as if her absence was that much of a surprise, but given the ups and downs of her personal life, the album's title could be alluding to something entirely different. (1989 was the year she married drummer, producer and Rufus founder Andre Fischer). At any rate, Good to Be Back continued her popularity in the mainstream and on the adult contemporary chart. The success of four singles — "As a Matter of Fact," and especially the ballads "Miss You Like Crazy," "Starting Over Again," and "I Do" (a duet with Freddie Jackson) — belied the album's inability to crack the Top 50 of the album chart. The ballads were (and have continued to be) staples on adult contemporary stations. On the other hand, the disposability of "Safe" and "Somebody's Rocking My Dreamboat" made it all the more evident that Cole was outgrowing the lighter and more upbeat material. A deep album cut, "The Rest of the Night" (co-written by Glen Ballard) is a major reason to not settle for an anthology.

Customer Reviews

Always loved this one

This was a really miserable period in my life. When I heard Natalie grooving over the sound system in a music store shortly after this album came out, "Good to be Back" became my anthem. Her singing is magnificent. I disagree with the critic above when he says she was outgrowing the lighter fare. As much as I love her more recent tributes to the great American song book, I cherish this album. A lot. Wanna get happy? Listen to "Good to be Back."

Bobby Bee

It's Natalie and that's enough but the Title track was Lady Fantei's 'Opener' @ the "Nite of Duo Love II" Concert and she, (as usual) ROCKED IT!


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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