Coming Back to You

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After doing a background check on Melinda Doolittle, during the early stages of American Idol's sixth season, something did not quite add up. Why would a singer so skilled, already something of a proven industry veteran -- with backing vocal credits on albums by Aaron Neville, CeCe Winans, Jonny Lang, and several others -- need to go through such a grueling process to get noticed and land a recording contract? As Doolittle continued to thrive on the show, that became more difficult to understand, and it also became increasingly evident that it might be best for her to not win the whole thing. With any luck, she'd fall just short of taking the prize, land on a sympathetic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After doing a background check on Melinda Doolittle, during the early stages of American Idol's sixth season, something did not quite add up. Why would a singer so skilled, already something of a proven industry veteran -- with backing vocal credits on albums by Aaron Neville, CeCe Winans, Jonny Lang, and several others -- need to go through such a grueling process to get noticed and land a recording contract? As Doolittle continued to thrive on the show, that became more difficult to understand, and it also became increasingly evident that it might be best for her to not win the whole thing. With any luck, she'd fall just short of taking the prize, land on a sympathetic label, and team up with a professional producer who would tease out her strengths without worrying about platinum sales. And that, unexpectedly enough, is what happened. Coming Back to You is a set of throwback soul that has as much appeal as any other likeminded release from the past couple years, including Nikka Costa's Pebble to a Pearl and Raphael Saadiq's The Way I See It. All the promise Doolittle showed on national television as a powerhouse vocalist is fulfilled, and whatever she lacked as an assured performer -- she often seemed modest to an excruciating extent -- has vanished. She sounds like she's on her fifth or sixth album. Supported by producer Mike Mangini Imani Coppola, Joss Stone, Elliott Yamin and a fixed backing of session musicians that includes drummer Cindy Blackman, horn player and arranger Tom "Bones" Malone, and multi-instrumentalist Adam Pallin Coppola's partner in Little Jackie, the album is technically all covers, yet it's only the most seasoned music fans who will recognize any of the material. "Walkin' Blues" and "Dust My Broom," a pair of songs written by blues legend Robert Johnson, get appropriately gutsy, strutting looks. Interpretations of three traditional pop songs penned by Sammy Cahn in the '50s, possibly sops to American Idol's eldest viewership, are impassioned but merely passable. Most of the remaining material, if not all of it, originally appeared on albums released in the last 12 years from the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, and Faith Hill. It's a ragtag assortment, for sure, and there's only so much enlivening that can be done to some of it. But it's all cast in warm, Southern-tinged soul, and it has a unified feel. Doolittle is nothing if not steady, making all the right moves at the right times, sounding at once like a seasoned pro and someone who feels everything she sings while never forcing or faking anything out. It's one of the smartest, most likable albums from an American Idol alum yet.
Entertainment Weekly
Doolittle channels Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin over live-band arrangements that feel fresh-faced and old-school at the same time. [B+]
USA Today
Her sterling album...reveals an accomplished stylist and nimble vocalist with an instrument built for Motown updates and lush pop-jazz.

Her sterling album...reveals an accomplished stylist and nimble vocalist with an instrument built for Motown updates and lush pop-jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Hi Fi Recordings
  • UPC: 796019818247
  • Catalog Number: 1000105
  • Sales rank: 230,138

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melinda Doolittle Primary Artist
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Section
Cindy Blackman Drums
Tom Timko Horn Section
John Chudoba Horn Section
Raymond Angry Keyboards
The Bill Harris Quintet Horn
Adam Pallin Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Arrangements
David Batteau Composer
Aleese Simmons Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Steve Diamond Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Michael Jay Composer
Larry Klein Composer
Mike Mangini Producer, String Arrangements
Philip White Composer
Michael Blanton Executive Producer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Howie Beno Engineer, String Arrangements
Harry Gregson-Williams Composer
David Hamilton String Arrangements
Tanya Leah Composer
Freddie Moffett Composer
Macy Gray Composer
Katrina Willis Composer
John Titta Executive Producer
Jared Gosselin Composer
Adam Pallin Programming, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Caleb Speir Composer
Bill Porricelli Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Poorly chosen songs

    I have been waiting and waiting for a CD from Ms. Doolittle, as I was a big big fan of hers from American Idol. Not one of these songs, however, features her tone or her range. Her sense of joy is missing. I sincerely hope she can find a producer who believes in her voice and her interpretation of music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    disappointing

    "I Will Be" is the best track on here. this remake of a song originally done by Michael English is worth downloading, beyond that, however, the album was very disappointing. She repeats the strong vocals she showed on AI, but is lost as an artist. sometimes having a great voice isn't enough - and this is one of those times.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I loved this!!!

    This girl can sing....check her out!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You have to get this!

    I have never written a comment on music, but just had to respond to the one negative one about Melinda. This CD is so worth the wait...her voice is perfect! And though I admit to never having heard most of the songs previously, she sells them immediately, and makes each one a new favorite for me!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Worth The wait!

    I just couldn't wait for Melinda's CD since I saw her on American Idol. This CD will take you back to the good days to were music was worth listening to (mainstream music that is). You will fall in love with this CD right when "Fundemental Things" hits it's first note. I am so proud of Melinda!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Please, pay no attention the tone deaf person who rated this amazing album of well-chosen, nicely interpreted covers, one star. Melinda Doolittle is one of the best pure singers ever to come from American Idol. It was a travesty when she finished third, when vocally, she was number one all year. I also have been waiting anxiously for this record to come out and I wasn't disappointed. Her beautiful, soulful voice soars and she makes each one of these songs her own. For the previous reviewer who made the reference that it was 2009, not 1969, have you listened to a radio lately? If you had, you would realize that this '60's and '70's soul throwback sound is very much in vogue right now. So, you may want to do some research, before you put a public review up. This is a nice introduction to Melinda Doolittle, and I can't wait for her first full album of original material. Nicely done, Ms. Doolittle.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is what I've been waiting for?

    I have been waiting for what seems like forever for this CD to come out and this is what I've been waiting for? You have got to be kidding me. I am so utterly disappointed. Does she not realize that it is 2009 and not 1969? Nothing on here sounds current. It all sounds like a bad stage play set in the 1960"s. The sound quality is horrible, like she had an old tape player and recorded it herself while sitting at her dining room. There is not one song that I could even pretend to like even a little bit. She didn't even include any of the songs she sang on "American Idol" which is the least she could have done. She had such a beautiful voice on the show but you would never know it from listening to this awful CD.

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