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Bathhouse Betty's title harks back to Midler's early days as a favorite of the Manhattan gay community. Its eclectic, surprisingly strong choice of material also recalls the triumphs of her first two albums. Here she disco... more »
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Bathhouse Betty's title harks back to Midler's early days as a favorite of the Manhattan gay community. Its eclectic, surprisingly strong choice of material also recalls the triumphs of her first two albums. Here she discovers a sassy new anthem in "I'm Beautiful," adds Dave Frishberg's wry "I'm Hip" for good measure, and also makes room for R&B classics like Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles' "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" and Big Maybelle's "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show." Singer-songwriters Leonard Cohen ("Song of Bernadette") and Ben Folds ("Boxing," an imagined monologue by Muhammad Ali) help offset the bathos of "My One True Friend," the latest in Midler's series of instant-standard ballads. --Rickey Wright
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Judy M. (Pilly) from WOODLAND HLS, CA
Reviewed on 4/30/2007...
Fun music if you enjoy the Divine M. Judy M. in Woodland Hills
Bathhouse bette is back---better than ever
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I dare you to listen to Ukelele Lady and not go looking for your grass-skirt! This is my favorite song on the cd.I'm Beautiful and One monkey dont stop no show are perfect examples of bathhouse bette at her best."
Best Bette in a Long Time!
Jake Z | 06/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"BATHHOUSE BETTY is a return to the ecclectic type of albums Bette made in the beginning of her career, though it's still not nearly as good as her 1972 debut album, THE DIVINE MISS M, which is still her best after nearly 30 years. It comes close at times, but there's still way too many Wind-Beneath-My-Wings-type ballads that drag it down. Her cover of "Song of Bernadette" doesn't even come close to Jennifer Warnes's beautiful, original recording. The only worthwhile ballad is her subtle reading of Ben Fold's "Boxing". The more upbeat songs are the real highlights here, and remind us how wonderful The Divine Miss M can be. "I'm Beautiful", "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" and "Big Socks" are all Bette in peak form. This may not be exactly the album us long-time fans have been waiting for, but it's better then her last studio album, BETTE OF ROSES, where Miss M was trying to be Celine Dion, or Mariah Carey, or one of them imitation divas. BATHHOUSE BETTY shows that Bette can still be the real thing."