| Dionne Warwick celebrates forty five years in showbusiness with her new album "My Friends & Me". It are her girlfriends who accompany Dionne on twelve of the thirteen tracks on this album. In a follow up of this project Dionne Warwick promises us that we will hear her boyfriends as well.
Dionne girlfriends are: Gloria estefan, Gladys Knight, Kelis, Angie Stone, Deborah Cox, Celia Cruz, Olivia Newton-John, Lisa Tucker, Da Brat, Wynonna Judd, Cheyenne Elliot, Mya, Cyndi Lauper, Mya, Chanté Moore and Reba McEntire. The album is produced by Dionne's son Damon Elliot.
As you see it are friends from different generations which might made this album suitable for a broad audience. The nice thing about the songs on "My Friends & Me" is that they are classics- most of them composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David- that brought Dionne a lot of success. The bad thing is that it's always hard to beat the original versions.
It would have been more exciting to surprise the world with material that have never been released before or complete new songs. However for the real Dionne Warwick fans this album will be okay because it is always nice to hear Dionne sing. It's like going back down memory lane which probably is the concept of this CD. A very sweet track is the salsa duet with the late great Celia Cruz called "Do You Know The Way To San Jose". Another song "The Windows Of The World", featuring Da Brat and Angie Stone is a song of hope and a trademark of Dionne Warwick who knows better than anybodyelse how to touch one's heart. (TA)
Stand Out Tracks: Message To Michael, I'll Never Love This Way Again, Wishin'And Hopin', The Windows Of The World, Do You Know The Way To San Jose