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Diana Ross: Every Day Is a New Day

Album Reviews:

Q (12/99, p.144) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...groovy Mary J. Blige-type R&B....More effective are the out-and-out pop songs, 'Sugarfree' and 'Not Over You Yet', which are better suited to the seamless, breathy quality in Ross' voice..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Diana Ross (vocals); Malik Pendleton, Chuckii Booker (various instruments, programming); Ira Siegel (guitar); Steve Skinner (piano, keyboards, programming); Gen Rubin (keyboards, drums).

Producers include: Malik Pendleton, Ric Wake, Arif Mardin, Steve Skinner, Chuckii Booker.

Engineers include: Michael O'Riley, Richard Joesph, Ken Lewis.

On EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY, Ross successfully updates her silken vocal style without losing the distinctive touch that's made her a legend. The concession to electronica in the synthesized bleeps on "Not Over You Yet," the percolating sea of percussion on "He Lives in You," and the programmed rhythms that dominate the album represent Ross's nod to late '90s production techniques. Her sensuous, liquid voice is still the star of the show, though.

While much of Ross's latter-day material is solidly pop-oriented, EVERY DAY takes aim at a contemporary R&B aesthetic, with soulful expressions of love and loss. In the process, Ross manages to outdo most of the style's younger practitioners while barely breaking a sweat.


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