Heart of a Womanby Kathie Lee Gifford
How credible is it that Kathie Lee has suddenly felt an urge to sing sexy pop and finds satisfaction in a Jennifer Lopez-inspired photo shoot? One minute she is co-hosting morning TV with Regis Philbin and releasing albums of mushy standards, and now the question is -- how does mommy explain to Cody and Cassidy why she is wearing nothing but a long shirt with her legs spread seductively on the CD insert? Kathie Lee seems torn between two images, the woman she is and the woman she wants listeners to believe she is; that is nothing new, but this album is a clear example. Heart of a Woman is as frustrating as Kathie Lee herself, and no matter how much you want to hate it you cannot because its good points are exceptionally good. Setting aside skepticism, Heart of a Woman picks up some moments of exhilarating momentum and Kathie Lee's voice is very often beautiful. The first single, "Love Never Fails," is heavily reminiscent of Celine Dion's "That's The Way It Is" but with such a glorious hook, you do not care where its inspiration came from -- you want to hear it again, and fast. "The Hardest Part" is only a step behind (its remix would make a much better choice for radio play) and these two songs are top-quality pop that will shock just about anyone who will not suspect Kathie Lee as the central voice. The let down of the album is that it does not follow through on the exceptional. If Kathie Lee wanted to perform a real makeover, someone should have spent as much time on the other tracks as the few that were intended as singles. If that had happened, Kathie Lee could have had an album every bit as good as top-selling artists -- better even. But the blazing stylish tracks have been supplemented with weaker ballads. Some are enjoyable, like "Always Been You" and "In This Life," which has also appeared on albums by Bette Midler and Ronan Keating. Some are not enjoyable -- the Shania Twain wannabe "Heartache, Heartache" is more like heartburn. The pluckiest song of the year award goes to Kathie Lee for "Make My Day," which is the epitome of Kathie Lee -- as smooth sailing as a ride on Carnival Cruises and as unstoppable as the icon herself.
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Performance CreditsKathie Lee Gifford Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rob Mounsey Conductor
Deborah Cooper Background Vocals
Phil Galdston Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Kevin Jenkins Bass
Abraham Laboriel Bass
Ernie Lake Drums
Richard Locker Cello
Audrey Martells Background Vocals
Sue Pray Viola
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Ira Siegel Guitar
Bobby Guy Bass,Keyboards
Tony Bruno Guitar
Johnny Jam Keyboards
Mary Ann Tatum Background Vocals
Dean Butterworth Drums,Hi Hat
Jennifer Karr Background Vocals
Orlando Rodriguez Percussion
Technical CreditsRob Mounsey String Arrangements
Ryan Dorn Engineer
Phil Galdston Producer,Engineer
Ernie Lake Producer,Engineer
Dominick Maita Engineer
Bobby Guy Producer,Engineer
Sandy Brummels Art Direction
Johnny Jam Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dean Butterworth Drum Fills
Jeff Jones Engineer
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This CD is truly awesome. We I first heard the songs at the mall, I had to buy it. As I listened, I wasn't sure, but after several times throught the whole CD; I can't stop playing it! It is a wonderful CD that has songs for everyone! BUY IT, TRUST ME!
This is a fantastic album that both my husband and I enjoy --and this really isn't his kind of music. There is maybe one song I wish wasn't there because its tempo doesn't match the rest, but that is good for an album - can't think of many where I like all but one of the songs.
I just heard Kathe on the TODAY show and the song Heartache, Heartache has a wonderful beat and gets one going.
If your music taste is decided by popularity and tv boosting then you might buy this cd; and like it. However, if you prefer cutting edge pop that offers great music and vocals buy something else.