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The Tattooed Heart
Genres: Pop, R&B
Aaron Neville is one of the greatest ballad singers of the English-speaking world, but he has one tragic flaw--he's a poor judge of material. Neville's quivering high tenor is capable of truly complex emotions, but he has ... more »
Aaron Neville is one of the greatest ballad singers of the English-speaking world, but he has one tragic flaw--he's a poor judge of material. Neville's quivering high tenor is capable of truly complex emotions, but he has an inexplicable fondness for songs that reduce emotions to the simplest sentimentality. The singer's strengths and weaknesses are both on display on this solo album, "The Tattooed Heart." His translucent voice is in great shape, but the bulk of the album was written by such Hollywood hacks as Diane Warren, Greg Prestopino, and Phil Galdston, whose cutesy melodies are matched by their lackluster rhythms and clichéd lyrics. When Neville gets a good song, however, the results are magnificent. With help from his siblings Charles and Cyril, Aaron turns Bill Withers' old R&B hit, "Use Me," into a second-line Neville Brothers number. Aaron and Willie Nelson's harmonica whiz Mickey Raphael brings a similar swamp-funk feel to Dennis Linde's song, "Down Into Muddy Water." Following up on the success of his '93 country album, The Grand Tour, Aaron mixes regret and affection on Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times" (a 1970 hit for Ray Price). Best of all is Aaron's shivering falsetto lead on a remake of Sonny Til & the Orioles' "Crying in the Chapel." --Geoffrey Himes
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, "Muddy Water" is great on this album, but the second half includes a rendition of "Why Should I Fall in Love?" that Neville performs to perfection. In fact, his version surpasses the original."
MY VOTE : SONG 10 AND SOUND 9.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is a 'Science Of Relaxation' that contains many various steps of music. Most listeners can touch the rhythm of softness from 'SOME DAYS ARE MADE FOR RAIN' and obtain the warmhearted feel from 'EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE' and many feels getting from its another songs..."
Beautiful all the way around
R. Kyle | USA | 07/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very few people were blessed with a voice like Aaron Neville's. I could probably listen to him singing a Denny's menu and be happy, but I like it best when he chooses songs with some serious emotion behind them. He's got several here from the opening "Rain Song" to the closing standard, "Crying in the Chapel." In between, there's "Muddy Waters" and a wonderful cover of Ray Price's "For the Good times." Overall, very well done."