Love as a healer, as salvation, as a panacea for the world's ills, as a moral compass -- not surprisingly, these variations on a theme dominate an album titled What the World Needs Now Is Love. The disc and its buoyant opener, "What the World Needs Now," are not to be confused with the Bacharach-David song made famous by Jackie DeShannon, although they share the sentiment that is triumphantly carried off by Wynonna Judd. She makes her case with fire-and-brimstone country rock, R&B-flavored workouts, and a couple of exquisite ballads that showcase her nuanced delivery, such as the one-off Judds reunion "Flies on the Butter (You Can't Go Home Again)," a nostalgic look back at an elegiac childhood, with momma Naomi supplying the captivating family harmony. Jeff Beck shows up to lay some screaming guitar on a gut-wrenching cover of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," but no one steals the show from a rejuvenated Wy, who is clearly on a mission. "It All Comes Down to Love" percolates along on a funky groove as Judd coolly lacerates TV evangelists, mealy-mouthed politicos, oily talk-show hosts, and Wall Street "suits" who prey on the desperate and lonely. The highlight, however, is a powerful trifecta of tunes: "Sometimes I Feel like Elvis," which rails against stardom's soul-numbing isolation; a roaring cover of the Elvis chestnut "Burnin' Love" (from Lilo & Stitch); and the low-key "Who Am I Supposed to Love," a jazzy bit of moody introspection that mourns lost love. Pondering the multifarious meanings of an age-old topic, What the World Needs Now Is Love finds Wynonna digging deep -- and soaring higher than ever.
Performance CreditsWynonna Judd Primary Artist
Matt Rollings Piano,Keyboards
Eric Darken Percussion
Don Potter Acoustic Guitar
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello Bass
David Campbell Conductor
Darius Campo Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin
Stuart Duncan Mandolin
Charles Everett Violin
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Dann Huff Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gordon Kennedy Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Kent Violin
Chris McHugh Drums
Jerry McPherson Guitar,Electric Guitar
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Chris Rodriguez Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Willie Weeks Bass
John Willis Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Cello,Harp,Viola
Susan Chatman Violin
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Tim Akers Keyboards
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Bob Peterson Violin
Norm Hughes Violin
Rudy Stein Cello
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Robert Bailey Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gerry Hilera Violin
John Hayhurst Viola
Dan Smith Cello
Sara Perkins Violin
Michele Richards Violin
Steve Mackey Bass
Karen Jones Violin
Steve Potts Drums
Technical CreditsMick Jones Composer
Dennis Linde Composer
Ronn Huff String Arrangements
Bryan White Composer
Jeff Balding Engineer
Derek Bason Engineer
Chuck Cannon Composer
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Austin Cunningham Composer
Derek George Composer
John Hudson Engineer
Dann Huff Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Remixing
David Lyndon Huff Loop Programming
John Jaszcz Engineer
Wynonna Judd Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Gordon Kennedy Composer,Producer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer,Producer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger,Producer
Steve Robson Composer
Chris Rodriguez Composer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Stephony Smith Composer
Jonathan Yudkin String Arrangements
Sarah Nagourney Composer
Bobby Blazier Composer
Neil Thrasher Composer
Brett James Composer
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
Jed Hackett Engineer
Bob Farrell Composer
Kathryn Darnell Composer
Mark Hagan Engineer
Holly Lamar Composer
Tanya Leah Composer
Wayne Hector Composer
Hillary Lindsey Composer
James Dean Hicks Composer
Jeremy Stover Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I got to hear several full versions of these songs at Wynonna's Fan Club Party in June! This music is very unique. She has really taking the time to pick out music that truly suits her voice. There are many different styles of music on this album. She covers an 80's great with "I Want To Know What Love Is". "It All Comes Down To Love" is a very upbeat & humorous look at life today. My favorite would be a tie between "What The World Needs" & "I Will Be". Both songs are personal anthems that you will feel down to your core. They are each tantamount in their ability to move me each time I hear them!! This music on this album is the kind of music I have been waiting to hear from Wynonna. She is a style all her own. She takes her roots from many genres of music & makes music that is for everyone...no matter what your typical style. If you choose to make this Wynonna Judd cd a part of your collection...you will be satisfied with your decision!
This is going to be a great album, Wynonna has one of those amazing voices that actually has the power to move you!!!!
Im not a fan of country music. Wynona's voice is more than just country. Bravo! I have decided to take back what I said about country. If this is new country, applause, applause!!
Wow, is all that can be said about "What The World Needs is Love" It simply Blows me away. The song "Sometimes I feel Like Elvis" Is my favorite Wynonna song ever. The songs are catchy and definatly back to country as radio wished. However the music and lyrics are still deep and touching, with such brilliant songs as "I Will" and "Heaven Help Me". A good anthem song, which very well could be Wy's new anthem is "No Ones Gonna Break Me Down". This cd is a must have! Very powerful, and FUN! Alot of Wy albums are very deep and full of raw emotion. This album has a wonderful mix, of fun and tears. Wonderful work Wy! BUY THIS CD!
After 3 and a half years the red headed diva is back in full force.. whether you liked the Judds or not, even if your not a country music fan this cd's the real deal! Straight to the heart with enough boogie and attitude to keep your foot tapping!
Oh man, first of all the title song of this album is great. This song speaks to so many people. Bottom line this song is awesome. Now the album is going to be incredible. I have listened to all the song clips, and Wynonna has never sung so beautifully or has she sung with such soul. I can not hardly wait until August 5th, this album will definitely be in my cd player 24/7. Like I said Wynonna ROCKS.
There is so much heart in this album you just can't go wrong, Wynonna's voice coupled with amazing songs, makes this album one in a million.
Seems this culminations of wonderful works has taken her three years and is more than worth the wait. She is back in her glorious form. It is sure to get rave reviews from critics and radio alike. Outstanding!
Ok, so she hasnt really gone anywhere..and Wynonna has been releasing wonderful music with her all her breathtaking ability for years. But, unfortunately not to commercial success! This new album is going to do it though! Her HOT, new single "What the World Needs Now" is climbing up the charts. This album is full of great songs that will showcase her God-given talent like never before and will hit the world on August 5th! If you buy one new album this year - make it Wynonna's "What the World Needs Now is Love". I can't wait! What a preview - thanks Barnes and Noble!
I am in awe of this album. It makes my heart and soul fill with God's Love. Amazing and beautiful gift she has.
I thank that WY is the best and I love her song "What the world needs now is love", because that is DEFINITLY what the world needs and she can capture that imige 4 us.
i thank that wanona jud is the best and i love her song "what the world needs no is love" because that is gust what the world needs and she can capture that imige 4 us.
Awesome...What more can anyone say except her music keeps getting better. Wynonna's voice is like an Angel from Heaven.
I had read somewhere that Wynonna wasn't as optimistic about this CD as some of her past work. Totally unfounded; girl, here's your dose of confidence!
Incredible vocals, fun songs, emotional ballads and that voice that no one else on earth can match.. AWSOME
Wynonna is the best singer out there. I am so glad she is back to claim her rightful spot at the top
Her range, her passion - it's all here. "I Will Be Me" is a testimony to her philosophy of life as is "Your Day Will Come." It took three years but this was worth waiting for.