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The Way It Is
Valerie Carter
The Way It Is
Genres: Folk, Pop, R&B
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1

Japanese Version featuring a Bonus Track: "Blessing in Disguise", and Exclusive Cover Art.


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All Artists: Valerie Carter
Title: The Way It Is
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ulg Records
Release Date: 7/2/1996
Genres: Folk, Pop, R&B
Styles: Traditional Folk, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 608631773722


Album Details
Japanese Version featuring a Bonus Track: "Blessing in Disguise", and Exclusive Cover Art.

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Valerie's Back!
scottina sue | New York, NY | 06/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was SHOCKED a few years back when I noticed this CD at Tower. It received no publicity (it's on an independent label) and was the only CD Valerie Carter had released since 1978! I thought she'd long ago given up on the biz. It's definitely more laid-back than her 70s records, with one smoker, "Who is He (and what is he to you)," sung with a soulful Lyle Lovett. Interestingly, the same song was covered by Maverick's Michelle Ngocello the same year. Valerie's is by far more rockin' in my opinion. Another classic cut is the gorgeous Tom Snow-penned, "When the Blues Come to Call," which just melts in your ears. A few of the covers are a little too folky for my taste and I wish Val would go back to her R&B roots more. The bonus surprise track at the end is a good, live-sounding jam version of Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's the Way of the World" sung with an ecstatic Phoebe Snow. Can't wait for the follow-up - which according to Valerie's website, should be out this fall or winter after her summer tour with James Taylor. Supposedly she has more stellar support guys on this one."
She's still the most underrated singer around
scottina sue | 05/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Valerie Carter is an amazing, innovative and interpretive singer. If you love powerful singing, this CD should join your collection because she is a classic. Sometimes her material is uneven but she makes anything sound soulful and stirring. If you don't have the older "Just a Stone's Throw Away," order that first. It is a gorgeous piece of work that has stood the test of time. I just wish she did more solo work."
grandhip | 05/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"an absolutely WONDERFUL album. screw the concepts about what the variant recordings could have/should have been, her voice is amazing (as always), her interpretations perfect. her version of 'love needs a heart' makes jackson's rather moot. i simply love her tune 'amen' and think her 'interpretations' of the tunes she didn't write (or co-write) to be outstanding. so, valerie, run away with me? i deserve it. . ."