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Love, Niecy Style by Deniece Williams

Well, well, well. Talk about a voice for ailing ears! This darling of the 70s hasn’t skipped a beat in the years since her last mainstream R&B recording (it’s been, what? Well, too long). Deniece ("Niecy") Williams rebounds nicely here with both her own classics and notable other covers, combined with a reunion of stellar talent like Stevie Wonder, George Duke, and Philip Bailey to make this a truly joyful and wondrous occasion for celebration.

Deniece’s familiar vibrato-rich, nightingale-like voice caresses each tune with such gentle authority that speaks to one who can own any particular piece of music. The former member of Stevie Wonder’s Wonderlove group shows here that time can truly stand still for those who deserve it. Her always beautiful, almost infinite vocal range has been one at which to marvel for so very long, and there is no evidence whatsoever on this latest project that she’s ready to relinquish that extraordinary quality. Her handling of the likes of Baby Washington’s "That’s How Heartaches Are Made" and the classic ballad "This Time I’ll Be Sweeter," as well as the hopping Stevie Wonder cut "If You Really Love Me" are just miniscule examples of the monumental display of quality here. Her flawlessly sweet nurturing of Kool and the Gang’s "Cherish" actually sent chills up my spine!

As melodically beautiful as the selections are, one has to give Deniece a big nod of approval for her clever choice of selections, a choice that has truly placed her vocal adeptness at its apex. What you get here is truly the best of Deniece Williams, a voice always both a treasure and a pleasure to behold.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Deniece Williams
  • CD Title: Love, Niecy Style
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Shanachie
  • Rating: Four Stars
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