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Given Luther Vandross's precarious state of health at the time of its release, Dance With My Father’s title track--a tale of yearning for a lost loved one--takes on added poignancy. It’s something of a centerpiece on an album that moves in several directions, reaching for varied constituencies, while ultimately staying focused on Vandross’s trademark buttery vocals. In addition to "Dance," there’s more adult-contemporary balladry ("Buy Me a Rose"), lightly sassy soul ("If I Didn’t Know Better"), and a number of collaborations with hip-hoppers that often work surprisingly well. While suspending disbelief is hard when considering Luther and Foxy Brown as a couple ("If It Ain’t One Thing"), remakes of soft-R&B classics with Beyonce Knowles and Busta Rhymes prove to be highlights. With the Destiny’s Child singer, Vandross actually improves on the familiar Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway take of "The Closer I Get to You," turning in a cut that recalls his slow-burning signature reworking of "A House is Not a Home." A languid turn at "Lovely Day," with a purring Busta, works almost as well. (The "Part II" remix is superfluous, however.) Otherwise, Dance is in the vein of post-‘80s Vandross discs, and guaranteed to please fans. --Rickey Wright

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. If I Didn't Know BetterLuther Vandross 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Think About YouLuther Vandross 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. If It Ain't One Thing (feat. Foxy Brown)Luther Vandross feat. Foxy Brown 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Buy Me a RoseLuther Vandross 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Closer I Get to YouLuther Vandross feat. Beyoncé Knowles 6:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lovely DayLuther Vandross feat. Busta Rhymes 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dance with My Father (Radio Version)Luther Vandross 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. She Saw YouLuther Vandross 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. ApologizeLuther Vandross 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Hit It Again (feat. Queen Latifah)Luther Vandross feat. Queen Latifah 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Right in the MiddleLuther Vandross 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Once Were LoversLuther Vandross 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lovely Day (Part II)Luther Vandross feat. Busta Rhymes 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. They Said You Need MeLuther Vandross 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B000099J41
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD is a must for all of Luther's loyal fans.
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
NOTE: Luther is making progress in his recovery from his stroke - let's keep him in our prayers while we enjoy his new music!
"Dance With My Father" is unlike any of Luther's previous work - the album sounds like Luther wants to be a hitmaker, rather than a mere legend. Usually, at this point in an artist's career, you can often sense a "going through the motions" production, and can predict the number of uptempos, ballads, remakes and the like, based on the artist's history. "Dance With My Father" changes all that.
The title track, a loving tribute to a parent who passed away when Vandross was 7 is the most personal recording Luther has ever made. There is no denying the heartfelt tone of the vocals, and the sheer joy contained in the lyrics sentiments. The song has justly become one of the biggest hits of Luther's career. But that is just a starting point for this excellent disc.
In a "love song" mode, no one performs as well as Luther these days (though Freddie Jackson was always a great competitor). And the love songs on "Dance" are timeless. Particularly enjoyable are "Buy Me A Rose" which vocalizes the many things one can do to make a lover feel special, "Apologize", and a brilliant reworking of "The Closer I Get To You", featuring Beyonce Knowles. In an interesting flip, Luther sings the Roberta Flack lines of this classic, while Beyonce tackles the Donny Hathaway sections. Their voices sound great together, and the piece is another stellar Luther duet, right up there with his work with Cheryl Lynn.
The faster tempoed songs are a great listen also - particularly "Hit It Again", which pairs LV with Queen Latifah. Latifah's rap/sing vocals sound great in this setting - would someone please get this girl recording again?
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on July 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Luther made a grown man cry.
I'm a 39 year old white/Hispanic surgeon who spends his time sewing up gangbanging gunshot wound victims.
I'm a new Dad, with our first child less than three months old.
When the title track started playing in my car, I immediately recognized it from that "Boston Public" episode.
I focused on the lyrics, the delicate sweetness in Luther's voice.
Oh dear God by the time the song faded, with him lamenting about "the only dream I dream", I was openly weeping.
Uncontrollably.
I'm pulling my glasses off, trying to wipe my eyes and drive at the same time.
Poorly chilled Jello had more substance than I did right then. I really can't say a single listen to a single song has had that sort of effect on me before.
What was wrong with me? I mean, I realize I was a bit emotional since my boy Ben showed up, but still...
So I tried it again. After I composed myself, I played it again on the ride home.
Once again, a quivering mass of Jello. I was useless. Worse than the first time. I thought about MY Dad...who's still here and I work with everyday.
I'm familiar with Luther's body of work too. Have many of his albums. Saw him at the Hollywood Bowl with Vanessa Williams. The power of that voice is truly something to behold. Every person with two X chromosomes in the audience melted at least half a dozen times during the show.
Anyways, YES there are other songs on the record...and they're fine and dandy. His duet with Beyonce is justly celebrated, and I love "Buy Me A Rose", but if this is fact his last album, there would be no better finale than the song 'Dance With My Father'.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Days on July 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In his own words "Think About You" Luther here in England.

It will be over 25 years since I first listened to your music and it was never less than a joy.

Heard the news this morning that you had passed away. Thought back to Newcastle Arena 3 years ago. Great night, great performance.

A terribly sad day but poignant on the day of Live 8.

RIP. A lot of people will miss you greatly. I'm one.

You can now "Dance With Your Father" again.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Caldwell on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When you think an artist can't top the last CD that they released, there is nothing sweeter,when they show you how deep they can dig to blow you away! That's what Luther has accomplished in this awesome CD! I would have paid full price for just the 1st cut alone! "If I Didn't Know Better" is so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes, I wondered if I would get to the rest of the CD. When I did, I knew I had to do something that I've never done! That was this! This CD is worth the time it takes to log on and write a review, Luther deserves phrase for this masterpiece! The people who appear on this CD are inspirational and come across in ways that never caught my attention before. Beyonce is a treasure and has never sounded better to me, than when her voice blends so perfectly with Luther's voice.What they did with," The Closer I Get To You" is mind blowing!!! I never thought that song could be better than the original version! The bass was a great touch. If you never purchased a Luther Vandross CD before, don't miss this one! It's BIG!!!!!!!! It will rule the charts, watch and see what I say!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fela on June 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ultimately Amazing. Luther showed the world that not only is he a talented singer but a talented songwriter as well. I love the entire CD. You have to purchase this CD it is worth every penny and then some. You can't ask for a better CD because this is it.
Dance with My Father is by far the greatest CD I have heard in a very long time. Luther's style is so sensual and sexy and he knows how to make a woman feel like a TRUE WOMAN. Keep making us slither Luther.
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