The cast on Tina Turner's 9th album looked amazing on paper: Trevor Horn, U2, Pet Shop Boys, Sting, Richard Niles, Anne Dudley...impossible to go wrong with this, one should think...
But the problem is that by spreading out too wide the musical style of this album, the whole thing ends up sounding impersonal. There is no consistency between the guitar-heavy "Do what you do", and the soporific cover of John Waite's "Missing you" - to give but one example. The other problem is that most of the times, the album is heavy on production but frankly short of musical ideas.
All is not to throw away though: first, La Tina still has an amazingly beautiful voice, very flexible with an amazing range and she can do whatever she wants with it: too bad it is not employed in better material than this.
Also, there are at least three great moments in this long hour of music: the ballad "On Silent Wings", superb; the James Bond theme written by U2, "Goldeneye" and the album closer, "Dancing in my dreams". In the latter two cases, one has the feeling that the production is not interfering with the intrisic musical value of the track.
Elsewhere, the paucity of the musical ideas is way too potent for comfort and one cannot but feel quite disappointed.