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Album Review

After performing with the Pips since 1952, Gladys Knight parted company with them in the late '80s and became a full-time solo artist. Good Woman wasn't Knight's first solo album (she'd recorded a neglected solo album in 1978), but it was the first to do anything commercially. Like her final recordings with the Pips, Good Woman found Knight taking an urban contemporary-oriented approach without sacrificing her artistic integrity. The highly infectious single "Men" is an absolute gem, and cuts ranging from the smooth "This Is Love" to the gritty new jack swing number "Meet Me In the Middle" (which contains a sample of Public Enemy's Flavor Flav) are definitely the work of an artist being true to herself. Some may find it hard to imagine Knight embracing new jack swing, but in fact, she does so convincingly. Though a few of the cuts aren't very memorable, this is a CD that the veteran singer can, for the most part, be proud of.

Customer Reviews

Gladys at her Best

When this album was released, this was the reinvention of Gladys Knight. From soulful to hip hop flare, this album packs it all. Her rich vocals shine with beautiful slow tempo songs: In This Life, Mr. Love and Where Would I Be. Gladys completely flips into light-hearted hip-hop with Give Me a Chance feat. David Peaston. And continues playfully with Men and Meet Me in the Middle. I really respect this album for its ability to show off "Legendary Gladys" is talent for all ages and genres.


I love this CD. It is so modern and the arrangements are just beautiful. I think the "Superwoman" track is just a mess, but beyond that, the CD is really great. Gladys really hits her strive in "In this Life" and it is very gospel and awesome. The "Superwoman" track is hysterical to listen to because it is just so awful. Dionne "horse face" is just so awful and misplaced with two heavy hitting vocalists, but it is funny to listen to. The song would be fine if I had never heard the original and they try too hard to be Anita Baker with the arrangement, and Babyface songs do not translate well out of the synth world with his super tight arrangements, but this song is hysterical to listen to if you need a laugh. The rest of the CD is great though.


When the heart and soul sings it comes out like Gladys Knight... The voice that still amazes me.


Born: May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

One of the great soul singers, Gladys Knight was a performer from her childhood years, forming the Pips with her brother Merald and a couple cousins. They made the Top Ten in 1961 with the heavily doo wop-influenced "Every Beat of My Heart," and recorded some fine, nowadays overlooked pop-soul sides for the Fury and Maxx labels in the early and mid-'60s, sometimes under the direction of songwriter Van McCoy. A couple singles from this period, "Letter Full of Tears" and "Giving Up," made the Top 40,...
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