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Album Review

More diverse than Vanessa Williams' two previous albums, Sweetest Days finds the singer exploring jazz-influenced songs without giving up the type of boring, radio-minded fluff that had enabled her to sell millions of albums. The CD's standout track is "Ellamental," an irresistible R&B/jazz/hip-hop tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. (Much to her credit, Williams was insightful enough to praise the jazz legend while she was still alive instead of waiting until after her death.) She's almost as appealing on "Sister Moon" (a torchy Sting gem) and the Babyface contributions "You Can't Run" (which has a Sade-ish quality) and the haunting "Betcha Never." But sadly, Williams doesn't hesitate to waste her talent on such contrived, hopelessly dull adult contemporary fluff as the title song — a song that's every bit as clichéd and insipid as "Save the Best For Last."

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Car Jams

My mom bought this album when I was just a kid on a tape, and we listened to it in the car more than anything. my favorite track was "Moonlight Over Paris." More than a decade later, I re-purchased the album. My favorite track is "Betcha Never". Its good stuff, great if you like Vanessa Williams.

I think no one realizes the history behind this album.

Vanessa finally got her dream. Broadway. And decided (in a gutsy move) not to promote it. But I have to tell you, this is pure dreamland. Her voice and the production are butter. (Yes, that may sound phoney, but it's true). The song choices, the feelings are just there. And I'm sorry that it never got the recognition it deserved. We all love Wilomenia (or how you spell it), but the Van girl will always be a great singer to me first. JP

Vanessa sucessfully branches into Jazz

The sweetest days is a really nice album, but not her best. The best is obviously yet to come, so in the mean time one can enjoy the delicious "Betcha Never", the soulful " The Sweetest Days", the groovy "The way you love" and dance to the jazzy "Ellamental".

Biography

Born: March 18, 1963 in Tarrytown, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Vanessa Williams began her singing career, she was known chiefly as the Miss America pageant winner who'd been forced to renounce her title for posing in Penthouse magazine. Williams not only put the scandal behind her, she all but obliterated it, turning out a series of slick, sophisticated hits that made her one of the most popular adult contemporary R&B singers of her time. In addition to her broad crossover...
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