WHILE he ain't the greatest R&B
star that has ever cut a record
and while this "best-of' compilation ain't all that phat, it's really
surprising to see how many of
today's artistes have been influenced by the late Luther
Listening to this CD it's so obvious that folk like Brian McKnight,
Babyface, Boyz II Men and, more
recently, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown,
have all modeled at least some of
their technique on Vandross' velvety tenor and his silky smooth
The problem with this compilation album is that age-old dilemma ... how
do you compress a top-class 20-year recording career into a single disc?
In this case, while tunes like
the lovely Dance with My Father,
the soulful Any Love and his
excellent remake of Endless Love with Mariah Carey are showcased, other equally impressive
ones like the charming Don't Wanna Be a Fool and his sublime
cover of The Carpenters'
Superstar are nowhere in sight
(or is that sound?).
The two "new" tracks on this
album - Shine and Got You Home
- have been panned by many but
neither one is a real stinker.
In a hip-hop-dominated music
scene, it's nice to listen to old-
timers like Vandross .. to indulge in a little escapism and some romantic
balladry and be reminded of what traditional old-school soul and R&B sounds