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Lalah's Sultry Vocals on 'Where It All Begins'
on October 18, 2011
Lalah Hathaway is one of the few artists whose music I can confidently buy without having heard a single song and know that I'll be pleased. `Where It All Begins' is no exception. She returns with those sultry vocals over a nice mix of soulful tunes. (Good Lord, I love this woman!)
"Lie to Me" (my favorite) is a beautiful heartbreaker urging the bittersweet delay of the inevitable separation, much in the same vein of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and Karyn White's "Tell Me Tomorrow". Lalah's delivery is both seductive and sorrowful.
"Where It All Begins" is funky melodious call for self-examination for those still looking to come into their own. She asks, "Do you know who you are?" Can't help but sway to this one.
"Small of My Back" is a honey-dipped exercise in disco era nostalgia. This was one of the first songs she performed from this CD during her recent tour.
"Strong Woman" is a nice cautionary tale to the fellow on the verge of losing a lovely gift that he's taking granted. This is the most contemporary song on the CD that I could hear a number of other artists singing such as Mary J Blige, Brandy, or Beyonce.
"You Were Meant For Me" pays homage to her father Donny Hathaway, my favorite singer of all time. The resemblance between her and her father's tone quality is striking and haunting.
"If You Want To" - Let the weekend begin! The rhythm on this one will get me to my destination quickly in the car (along with a few speeding tickets).
The CD ends nicely with the sweet lullaby "Dreamland" that is combined with a reprise of "This Could Be Love". If you're reading this review, you are undoubtedly a Lalah Hathaway sophisticate who won't be disappointed with `Where It All Begins'. Highly recommended!