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This is probably the songbird's finest release ever, an album that screams quality and class while delivering an understated sound that spans the contemporary adult pop idiom and approaches the hip territory of Bonnie Rait... more »
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This is probably the songbird's finest release ever, an album that screams quality and class while delivering an understated sound that spans the contemporary adult pop idiom and approaches the hip territory of Bonnie Raitt. Heartfelt ballads like "Highway, Highway" and Jann Arden's "Missing You" will appeal to her core fans, though it's the irresistible Stax/Volt and gospel grooves of "That's The Way It Goes," "Shame on Me," "I Know Too Much," and "Until I Was Loved by You" that best signal the artistic renaissance. Duets with Bryan Adams ("What Would It Take") and Aaron Neville ("That's What My Love Is For") are sleek international calling cards, and the raw edge of Murray's exceptional vocals speak of rediscovered passion and gutsy commitment. --Jeff Bateman
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A Stylish Contemporary Pop Performance
ANTHONY J. CALABRESE | BALTIMORE, MARYLAND | 11/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are some performers who feel the need to constantly reinvent themselves, insecurely latching on to any new musical trends that may come down the pike, and then there are artists who, by their sheer talent, remain contemporary and relevant no matter what the demographics, no matter what the generation. Anne Murray is planted resolutely in the latter category and the eponymously titled album "Anne Murray", is indicative of this. This is, unabashedly, a great pop/adult contemporary album. Anne is in fine voice, performing beautiful ballads like "Missing You", "Highway, Highway", and "Me Too" in her classic, inimitable style. Her duet with Bryan Adams is flawless. This catchy, upbeat pop number deserved to be a major hit record. On other cuts, such as "Shame On Me" and "That's The Way It Goes", Anne's gritty, straight-ahead vocals prove that she can rock with the best of them. There are few contemporary vocalists able to embrace such musical variety very convincingly. As usual, Anne Murray defies categorization. And as a result, a voice like hers will never go out of style."
One of Murray's Finest Releases Ever!
K. Downey | Atmore, AL | 07/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anne Murray's self-titled CD from 1996 is one of her finest, yet most underrated releases ever. It is dedicated to Anne's manager and friend of 25 years, Leonard Rambeau, who passed away just before Anne went into the studio to record this CD. The emotion shines through on such ballads as "Highway, Highway", "Me Too", and "Missing You". The refrain on the first track mentioned starts with "Highway, highway, where you go I don't know, maybe closer to my dreams, maybe far away." For obvious reasons to anyone who ever hears this song, Anne's voice is so heart-wrenching on this track that it has often been referred to as "haunting". On two other great tracks she teams up with pop stars Aaron Neville ("That's What My Love is For") and Bryan Adams ("What Would it Take"). Beyond the Bryan Adams tune, Anne shows she can rock from the lead-off track with "That's the Way it Goes", and later with "Shame on Me". Words of wisdom such as "Take my advice, don't take advice from me" prevail in the song "I Know Too Much" which, in the refrain of the song, features one of the deepest bass voices ever heard. Anne says his voice was so deep that the walls seem to vibrate in the studio when they were recording the song! Murray wraps up the 13 track CD with the wonderful "Good Again" about losing someone we love. "Each and every moment floats away in the wind. You've got to learn to let it go; let a new one begin. Still, you'll cry when some leave before their time, but if you need a little something, it's right there in your mind, and you'll feel good again." I think we all can relate to that one.Murray's been in the business more than 35 years, has sold more than 40 million records, and is still selling out concert halls. There's a reason for this. Anne is truly one of the legendary superstars of our time, and this is one of her best releases ever. If you can't find it here, it's still available through Anne's music store at annemurray.com. Anne Murray - 1996 is a must for any great music collection."
This album gets better every time I hear it.
Gerry | Plainville, MA United States | 01/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Originally released in 1996 to a horde of collective "Who cares about Anne Murray" comments by critics (try to find one review on this album in any "mainstrem" magazine), pop radio (who would rather play the drivel of Britany Spears, The Backstreet Boys, and N'sync) and country radio (too old, sorry), this album is one of her finest ever. I have been an Anne Murray fan for over 25 years, having in my personal collection almost all of her albums, including a few HARD TO FIND ones, on CD. I am continually amazed by this album - her range is outstanding, the songs tug at your heart one minute and lift your spirits high the next. You don't have to be an Anne Murray fan to enjoy this album."