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The Dana Owens Album
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The Dana Owens Album

Queen LatifahAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B0002XL1XU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Everyone grows up... even rappers. Pioneering female MC Queen Latifah shows a newfound level of maturity on The Dana Owens Album. A set of standards the rapper/actress decided to cover, the album features a host of jazz classics and R&B favorites.

Latifah is at her seductive best when playing the sultry siren on Al Green's "Simply Beautiful." With a little help from Green himself, Latifah's vocals slide over the warm, organ-drenched instrumental. The result is one that works today as well as it would have several years ago. Similarly, the big band-backed "Baby Get Lost" swings with bluesy groove that is pure nostalgia.

However, it's when Latifah mines more standard fare that the album seems to hita snag. Fans of James Moody's "Moody's Mood for Love" may want to skip Latifah's version, as it misses the subtle perfection of the original. Her rendition of "I Put a Spell On You" doesn't falter, but it's not impressive either. It ends up being the kind of performance that finds you constantly waiting for more but never getting it. The same can be said for her cover of the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'."

That said, with Latifah's recent critically acclaimed turn in the film Chicago, this album's timing couldn't have been better. And with help from legendary producer Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin), The Dana Owens Album is an interesting and impressive new chapter in the star's diverse career. --Rashaun Hall Exclusive
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Product Description

Queen Latifah sings! Queen Latifah is an icon in today's show business world. A charismatic & instantly recognizable artist, her career has included successes in every possible entertainment media. Her highly anticipated vocal album shows off the phenomenal singing talents she revealed in the films 'Chicago' & 'Living Out Loud'. With production from legendary producers Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin) & Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas), this album is sure to be one of the most talked about & visible record releases of the year.

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116 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dana Owens shines....but she's still holding back. September 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
We all know her as Queen Latifah, but despite forging an amazing career as a Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and an acclaimed TV and Film actress (even garnering an Oscar nom for her spirited work in the film version of CHICAGO), it seems Latifah (aka Dana Owens, her birth name, which she uses on this album) has been hiding another one of her many talents--a rich velvety, nuanced voice perfect for singing jazz standards and various eclectic gems from the Great American Songbook.

To be honest she had shown us a glimpse of this talent-for those of us who were paying attention-when she crooned a stunning version of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" for the soundtrack of the underrated Holly Hunter vehicle LIVING OUT LOUD. Not surprisingly, Owens also did a remarkable job of co-starring in that film, supporting Hunter with an expertise not shown by most artists of her generation.

Is there anything Owens can't do?

Well, before getting too carried away with exultant praise for this wonderful lady, let me just say that she isn't 100% successful on this, her first full out jazz/r&b/soul album.

Owens is definitely a gifted song interpreter (no doubt her acting experience comes in handy on this set), and she uses it to great effect on remakes of such classics as "Baby Get Lost", "California Dreamin'", "Hello Stranger", "Close Your Eyes" and the aformentioned "Lush Life" (which is still the strongest song of this new set). But she also shows her r&b/soul roots on mellow, "quiet storm" styled tracks like the sensual "Simply Beautiful", the raucous "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh".

There's nothing inherently wrong with Owens' delivery.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Dana! Graceful, upbeat and strong--WOW! October 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The moment I finished listening to this CD, my knee-jerk reaction was simple: MORE! Queen Latifah proves she is as comfortable performing classic songs as she is doing rap. Her fans knew her talents as a rap artist; it is no surprise that she can pull this switch into more classic tunes without a hitch. (After all, she sang wonderfully in the movie Chicago without a rap format.)

Her voice is strong, sensuous, and just plain wonderful to listen to. Al Green also joins her in singing "Simply Beautiful," a song Green himself wrote.

The selected songs combine to form a very strong, unified set that is ecstasy to listen to the way you want to, maybe just relaxing or perhaps with a glass of fine wine. The quality of the music is excellent and the cover photo of Dana is beautiful. You don't get lyrics to the songs but the credits are there.

In short, BUY THIS CD! You won't be sorry! GRIN
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something's amiss October 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) and embrace all the things that she has come to represent, most of all, her obvious love for music beyond the realm of hip hop. However, that said, The Dana Owens album is something of an unremarkable experience. Does she have the chops? Definitely! It's not a question of talent (or lack thereof) and the arrangements and production values are of the highest caliber and Latifah's love and admiration for these songs are evident from the get go. Everyone involved seemingly gave it all they had, but, ultimately, it feels too deliberate and, at times, forced. There is no real sense of spontaneity and discovery. The voice is supple, the musicians first rate, the sound quality excellent and like I stated before, the production is flawless, but it's more a luke warm experience than a revelatory one. The sole exception is a wonderfully velvety smooth and uncontrived rendition of "Hard Times." Here Ms. Owens hits her stride with a flexible vocal technique and natural delivery. Irrespective of everything, though, I continue to love the "Queen" and shall support her in all her efforts, even if I am not always necessarily thrilled with the end results.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Price! September 30, 2004
By Ann Iya
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the tracks to this CD off of RealPlayer's Free Listening Parties. Honestly, I didn't have any high expectations for it...after all Queen Latifah is known partly for her comedy and rap, right? However, after hearing it for the first time, I was taken aback! She can do everything...and well, too! You can hear the strength of her character - her voice is definitely full of soul. Even my roommate asked "this is Queen Latifah?! you're kiddng"...she thought it was another Diana Krall! There's a taste of swing, original covers, soul, light rock, etc. all you need to sit back and relax. After continously listening to the cd, I had to find out if it was out yet..and for how much. I'm glad to see that this album is DEFINITELY worth the price...and I'm not one who usually buys cds!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ear candy! October 3, 2004
By M. Gale
Format:Audio CD
Some reviewers don't get it (see the reference to Jill Scott). This isn't about past albums where Queen Latifah represented her attitude. It's an album for those who have outgrown (or bypassed) the mindless "stuff" played on MTV.

Her selections are beautiful, her voice is stellar ... the album exudes class. To me, it seems to have a bit more kick than Diana Krall.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a pleasant surprise September 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Dana Owens album proves that Queen Latifah can really sing. I loved listening to this album very much. My favorite track is Mercy Mercy Mercy. She sounds so good singing this song. I think her voice has so much power and energy. I think she really sings from the heart here. I loved the horns in the background on this track too. Baby Get Lost is a sassy track with attitude, and I loved it Queen Latifah really gives her listeners a taste of what R and B music sounded like it in the 40's.

Another highlight track for me is the song California Dreaming. This performance is so soulful and excellent. It is a great song. I think Queen Latifah's cover of this song is the best one I've ever heard. Queen Latifah sounds so sexy and smooth on Nina Simone's classic blues song I Put A Spell on You. She really makes this song her own. The legendary Herbie Hancock does an awesome job playing the piano on this track. I loved this song. I never heard of the song Close Your Eyes before, but I loved the way Queen Latifah sings this I just felt so relaxed listening to this track. Her vocal performance on this song is so good.

I like her rendition of the Bill Withers song Same Love. It is a classic R and B song from the 70's I think Queen Latifah does a great job singing this song. The Dana Owens album is a pleasant surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this beautiful voice!
Published 28 days ago by P. Corrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars The woman can SING!
I had no idea! I thought Queen Latifah was only a rapper, which I avoid like the plague. I never knew she could actually sing. But boy, can she ever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EuroFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of covers
Queen Latifah as Dana Owens explores music from her childhood and lends her spin and style and amazing voice to a wonderful album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Luis Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a gift
but I loved the cd -so I bought one as a gift for my sister's birthday. thank you, kewanda hightower
Published 2 months ago by k. hightower
4.0 out of 5 stars Sing it Queen!
great jazz album! Queen delivers an awesome vocal performance from start to finish. This will be something unfamiliar to those that didn't know Queen Latifah could sing and even... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Q. Blunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Queen Latifah is surprisingly holding her own. Not too many "rap" artists make as smooth a transition to tonal music! Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Jury's Out
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD !!
Very Versatile Singer with a pretty darn good Voice ..I like this CD for a very good price ... Good Stuff !!
Published 4 months ago by Alan L. Opie
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I should not need to leave a minimum amount of words because I have better things to do in life than rate and then write a paragraph.
Published 6 months ago by shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
WOW! Can she sing! This is such a great cd. This cd came out before she did Chicago and I didn't know she had such beautiful voice. I love it and her!
Published 7 months ago by Frances Cangialosi
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