Dianne Warren's songs are almost as sappy as that drip Marian Carey. For every decent song she's ever written, there are 10 that suck. But Patti has what it takes to make a song shine in her own special way.
The track "Too Many Tears" is a great dance song, but there are too few lyrics, so we repeat the chorus alot. However, it did make me shake my big ole groove thang.
"Call Me Gone" is a wonderfully funky song that should be a hit single. As Miss Patti says "Watch me from the back"
The title track is a wonderful ballad...but the production and instrumentation on this track, and most others, is average at best, which makes Patti's powerhouse vocals sound WAY over the top sometimes. It's almost like she's singing to Karaoke tapes sometimes.
But as always, the voice, the emotion...all that is PATTI pulls this material way up. I think Jam and Lewis need to keep their hands outta Miss Patti's stuff. I'd love to see some production work by Angie Stone, Rachelle Ferrell, Rosie Gaines, the Artist, and D'angelo. And some musicians that can FUNK would be a most welcome improvement.
Also, how about an album of duets? Let Miss Patti show these folks how it's done....Patti with Luther, Patti with Tyrese, Patti with Jonathan Butler, Patti with Rachelle Ferrell, Patti with the Artist, Patti with Kelly Price, Patti with Shirley Murdock, Patti with Betty Wright, Patti with Carlos Santana, I could dream on and on.
Bottom line....if you're a new Patti fan, this album won't impress you. But, if you're an old fan, it's in there for you. The only way to get the true picture is to see her live, and NO STUDIO CD will EVER come close to matching that awesome performance!