Dionne Warwick SHE’S BACK
The great songstress of the ’60s / ‘70s returns with this odd combination of career retrospective and rap/hip hop record. This two-disc, twenty-nine song set is loaded with TONS of duets by some of the oddest choices given this artist. Instrumentation is universally fine… it’s just the whole thing feels calculated; like someone convinced both Warwick and her record company that this was a good idea. Overall, the set is misguided and borderline blatant pandering – the inclusion of a “mumble rap” duet for “Déjà vu” is jarring and dumb. And don’t get me started on the HORRENDOUS version of “What a Fool Believes…” In the end, I was left with only one question: Dionne Warwick came out of retirement for THIS?
Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram KINGFISH
HARDCORE blues ala SRV, Robert Cray, or Jeff Healey from this 20 year old from Clarksdale, Mississippi (he’s a cousin of country artist Charley Pride). Record is loaded with SOLID blues, but soloing is not what it should be (he’s no shredder). As this kid ages, the novelty of him being so young will wear off and he will have to stand or fall on his chops, so… he should start wood-shedding on THAT. A solid debut… I’m interested in hearing his next one.