Lulu recorded this album in 2002, and it sold enough copies to be certified gold that year. Amazingly, she had waited almost forty years for her to have a top ten album in the UK.
'Together', as the title suggests, is an album of duets. Lulu was clever in that she made sure she recorded songs with a mixture of young and older artists, but all of them big. As a result, this CD will probably appeal to both young and older listeners.
The lead single of the album was a recording of 'We've Got Tonight' with Ronan Keating, and it's magic. In fact, it's the ballads which seem to make this album work, and 'The Prayer' with Russell Watson and 'When I Born Again' with Marti Pellow are my personal favourites. Her collaborations with Westlife, 'Back At One' is nice enough, but the song is a bit too sugary for my tastes.
The best up-tempo song is 'Teardrops' with Elton John, which is the best version I've ever heard of this hit, and it should have been issued as a single. 'Inside Thing (Let 'Em In)' with Paul McCartney is also quite cool, with Lulu sounding much younger than her years.
Unfortunately, that's really all that's worth mentioning. Her duet with Sting, 'Sail On Sailor' is dire, 'Shame Shame Shame' with Atomic Kitten is embarrassing, 'Reunited' with Cliff Richard is repetitive, and Samantha Mumba and Lulu doing 'To Sir With Love' should never have happened, although Lulu's vocal was good.
For good measure, two previously released songs also appear, the first is 'Back For More' with soul singer Bobby Womack. which was a top 30 hit for them in 1993. Also, from the same year is 'Relight My Fire' with Take That, and what's a Lulu duets album without that no.1 smash?
'Together' is good and bad in equal measure, but there is something for everyone. Not the best duets album of all time, but an impressive cast of legendary artists on board. The booklet contains some nice photos.