Artist : BETTE MIDLER
Genre : Traditional Pop
Date of Released : 2014
It has been a long time since The Divine Miss M released a new album, unfortunately she chose to release record of cover versions instead of all original songs. Maybe, this is the trend when you are over 50 years old; fascination with old and traditional pop songs. There is no argument if she can pull this one off excellently.
For a start, “Be My Baby” offers a glimpse of the whole record which is full of aplomb and not so sincere delivery of songs. In this first song of the album, she delivered the song just like the original performer did. The same thing happened with her own version of “One Fine Day” but with a twist, she chose it to be more upbeat but retained the original structure of the melody.
You can trust Bette Midler not to damage a song just like what other singers has done when they dabbled with traditional pop; think of Lady Gaga shouting all over the record in “Cheek to Cheek.” It could be that Miss Midler still has the voice despite being older in terms of age. She can still just like she did at the peak of her career. While she kept the original melody, she managed to put her own mark in some of the songs in this album. For example, she made TLC’s “Waterfall” gospel like in musical treatment. In “You Can’t Hurry Love” she avoided doing what Phil Collins did with this The Supreme Song; carrying out the whole song without any single deviation. Bette Midler combined Motown elements and the “doo wop” elements of the big band era; you can actually boogie to her rendition.
So, is this a good record? Definitely, this is one of better albums to come out in recent years though time can only tell if this will become a classic. This is a good record to introduce current crop of listeners to songs of long ago. I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 star.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it