.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/1be8bbc37f9e1ca55718936ae4718a1fca1df78a.jpg Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross

Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 2.5 0
July 24, 2001

His career on the resuscitator, Luther Vandross needs a pop makeover as badly as anybody, so on this comeback album, label head Clive Davis gives Vandross the Carlos Santana Special. A bevy of young songwriters and producers — R.L. from Next, Jon B, and Soulshock and Karlin among them — aims to make Vandross more sprightly, with midtempo synth beats, and more hip, with measured doses of ill-advised slang. Thing is, he doesn't need the help. Vandross' voice was one of the most supple R&B sounds of the Eighties, and the best moments here are the anachronistic ones — unadorned ballads like "Hearts Get Broken All the Time" and "I'd Rather" allow Vandross' pipes free rein to simmer and explode. By comparison, the "updated" Luther on "Take You Out" and "Grown Thangs" feels contrived. Santana might have needed other voices to make his guitar work sing, but Vandross' tender tenor is all the calling card he needs.

prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Promiscuous”

    Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

    This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com