Q - 3 Stars - Good
Personnel: Aretha Franklin (piano, background vocals); Lawrence Payton (vocals, tenor); Levi Stubbs (vocals); Abdul Fakir (tenor); Renaldo Benson (baritone, bass voice); Corrado Rustici, William Powell, Reggie Griffin, Steve Khan (guitar); Kenny G, Marc Russo (saxophone); Andy Snitzer (tenor saxophone); Kenneth Hitchcock (baritone saxophone); Chris Botti, Kent Smith (trumpet); Mike Davis (trombone); Robbie Kondor (piano, synthesizer); David Paich (piano); David Foster (electric piano, synthesizer); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, drum programming); Aaron Zigman (keyboards); Narada (synthesizer, drums); Jeff Porcaro, John Robinson , Yogi Horton (drums); George Devens, Steve Kroon (percussion); Joe Mardin (programming); Bongo Bob Smith (drum programming); Edie Lehman-Boddicker, Kitty Beethoven, Myrna Mathews, Melisa Kary, Brenda Corbett, Liz Jackson, Glaytoven Richardson, Siedah Garrett, Skyler Jett, Margaret Branch, Marti McCall (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Richard Sassin; Alex Henderson.
Arranger: Joe Mardin.
Having scored in the recent past with producer Narada Michael Walden and some star duets, Franklin and Arista turned out another album with the same approach but less successful results. The title duet with Elton John went Top 20, but its followup, "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" was an embarrassing failure for both Franklin and the previously pop-perfect Whitney Houston. The rest was even less distinguished, including a song with The Four Tops and Kenny G and a remake of the old hit "Think." ~ William Ruhlmann