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Coming Back to You

Melinda DoolittleAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hi Fi Recordings
  • ASIN: B001K98M8M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Melinda Doolittle's debut CD: A combination of the fierce electricity of Tina Turner s early years with the lush instrumentation of today s pop-soul renaissance


It s Your Love -
Melinda Doolittle -
Imagine Gladys Knight with Pipettes instead of Pips. That s the sonic stamp on Melinda Doolittle s It s Your Love, the soaring, robust R&B single from debut album Coming Back to You, expected in February.

The Tennessee singer, one of American Idol s most gifted rejects, finished third in 2007 behind Blake Lewis (huh?) and winner Jordin Sparks. Her sterling album, and particularly this soulful slice with its retro girl-group vibe, reveals an accomplished stylist and nimble vocalist with an instrument built for Motown updates and lush pop-jazz. Doolittle, 31, does a lot for today s retro-soul renaissance. --Edna Gundersen

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Magic November 13, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
From start to finish, Melinda Doolittle's new album, "Coming Back to You" is simply soul magic. Thirteen songs showcase her vocal range with an exquisite blend of gritty blues, Tina Turner-style rockers, smooth jazz (imagine Nancy Wilson but even better), and beautiful ballads reminiscent of "My Funny Valentine" which feature Melinda's rich velvety vocals set against lush instrumental backdrops. Every song has as its foundation, soul, pure powerful heartfelt soul. Most albums have four or five "good" songs tops. This album has thirteen "incredible" songs, no duds! Each song is like a miniature tapestry, where Melinda paints a musical picture-story with her voice. If you're searching for an album you can play from start to finish, listen to over and over, and never tire of it, this one's for you.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melinda Doolittle's Debut CD February 3, 2009
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
"Let's get back to the fundamental things
Let's get back to the elements of style"

So sings Melinda Doolittle in the opening cut of "Coming Back to You", her debut CD. And get back she does, applying her impressive vocals to grooves, rhythms and melodies that span the best of the past, including songs from Robert Johnson (a scintillating "Dust My Broom", "Walking Blues") and Sammy Cahn (gorgeous renditions of "The Best of Everything", "I'll Never Stop Loving You" and "Wonder Why"). Other standouts include "It's Your Love", an outstanding "girl group" effort and "If I'm Not in Love", a song made famous by Faith Hill and reimagined as a soul burner. Few artists have the vocal chops of Melinda Doolittle, but it's her emotional connection to the material that makes her one of the best vocalists of her generation. This CD both satisfies and whets the appetite for more - five stars.
After listening to this CD for months, both in my car and on my home system, I have one recommendation for anyone who wants to understand how great Melinda is: Listen to "Wonder Why", the final song on "Coming Back to You".
It is just Melinda's voice, backed by a Fender Rhodes style piano. And her phrasing is astonishing - utterly beguiling. There are a few examples of an artist so completely inhabiting a song that it becomes a definitive version. Eva Cassidy's "Over The Rainbow" comes to mind, but where Eva's emotional center was one of human yearning so poignant as to break one's heart, Melinda's emotional center here is of the giddy feelings of first love; not a childish fantasy, but a mature appreciation of having the self-confidence to lose oneself in another.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable Songs, Beautifully Sung April 6, 2009
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Of all the American Idol contestants, Melinda Doolittle has been my favorite. I knew she wouldn't win with her sophisticated song stylings, but I also knew she had a voice we could be listening to for the next century...something like a modern day Gladys Knight or Ella Fitzgerald. So I have been looking forward to her first album for some time.

First, let may say everything is beautifully sung and I still believe she could become a musical legend. However, I hate to say the choice of songs left me cold. I would have much preferred an album of standards like her brilliant interpretation of Roger and Hart's "My Funny Valentine." A voice of this power and ability needs proven songs that can stand up to it and this mediocre collection of undistinguished R&B numbers simply does not.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY MARVELOUS February 3, 2009
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I waited so long for this CD and was so afraid I would be disappointed since I was with David Archuleta and somewhat with David Cook's CDs. How wonderful to be entertained royally by Melinda - I knew there was a reason I voted for her all the way through - I sincerely love this CD and even more so, I hope she will put out more CD's with the Blues sound as well as some love ballads - she has done a great job on this CD and I will be awaiting more music for her - she was the winner of the season for my money and this CD is just proof of what a great voice she has - Good for you, Melinda - stand proud - this is a great CD with some really interesting song choices.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Debut - Great gift for Valentine's Day February 7, 2009
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A stellar debut, perhaps one of the best I have ever heard.

Every song is executed with verve and with the deepest commitment to interpretations of the music that deftly connects, heart and soul, so essentially to the lyric.

The proof is in the impressive emotional range of Melinda's performances as she captures the feeling of being overwhelmed by love (Wonder Why), tenderness (I'll Never Stop Loving You), inspiration (We Will Find a Way), resilience and defiance (Dust My Broom, Walkin Blues), passion (It's Your Love, The Best of Everything), strength and perseverance (I Will Be), and longing (If I'm Not in Love).

It's all here, as it should be, in music rooted, deeply, in the rhythms of soul, rock, doo wop, blues and jazz. There's a depth to Melinda's singing that is rare to find in any artist, let alone one of her generation. The jazz interpretive, Wonder Why, impresses beyond belief as Melinda's colorful key changes and phrasing are impeccable; it's a song that reminisces the power of a love so transformative, it makes you cry.

It's no coincidence the CD is released the week before Valentine's Day. Get it for someone you love, someone who has lost a love, someone who wants to find love. No matter where you are in the matters of the heart, there's an emotion here that will speak to you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Wasn't as good as I expected it to be.
Published 18 months ago by Cami
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Melinda
Great music from the most talented American Idol singer of season 6. There are no bad tracks, but "I Will Be" is a real stand-out for me.
Published on March 14, 2014 by Dan Dunay
2.0 out of 5 stars One song that I liked
I only bought it for the one song I heard on the radio. I guess the rest of the cd is ok if she's singing a song that u can
Relate to.
Published on April 5, 2013 by Dolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Idol success
A quiet performer on American Idol who comes out of her shell big time!
She lets go with memorable music.
Published on March 2, 2013 by Jerry D. With
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
Melinda this is why she should of won that season.

Forget everyone else. Melinda is the best.

Great work Love u.
Published on February 10, 2013 by Nadine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I really enjoyed Melinda Doolittle on American Idol years ago. I bought this CD in support of her career. I continue to enjoy this album.
Published on January 16, 2013 by S. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Disappointed
I absolutely love Melinda, and was awestruck by her talent when I saw her on AMT, and simply didn't see how she could do anything but take the prize by leaps and bounds, however,... Read more
Published on December 22, 2012 by Sunni
4.0 out of 5 stars Substance wins out.
This was a terrific first record. It may not have set the world on fire but every song is consistent. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Brian Chaput
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I loved Melinda Doolittle on American Idol and thought she was the best contestant they every had. I looked forward to her first album, but this Christian music stuff is a real... Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Jay Adeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
Her voice is amazing, as always, and the music fairly diverse.

It just doesn't *pop*. It's a good CD for a mellow afternoon, for mood music.
Published on March 15, 2011 by Kat Davis
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