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Vanessa Williams - Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years
Genres: Pop, R&B
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Christine N. from GAINESVILLE, VA
Reviewed on 9/7/2006...
still in shrink wrap!
Pop diva's finest moments
John Jones | Chicago IL | 07/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ever since her 1988 debut release, Vanessa Williams has released a wealth of strong and sweet pop/soul music, and this collection offers us the highlights of her cache. Earlier, dancier material like "The Right Stuff" and "Running Back to You" recall a lighter, less-hardcore period of R&B, while the slick ballad "Dreamin" and the lush midtempo jam "The Comfort Zone" represent mellow soul at its finest. Her monumental, across-the-boards smash "Save the Best for Last" is still elegant and endearing, and the Bossa Nova/flamenco stylings of the Babyface-produced "Betcha Never" sound better with each listen. The collection is essential even if you have all of William's solo efforts, as it features her memorable contributions to other projects. "Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly" (from the "Ain't Nuthin But a She Thing" compilation and featuring Me'shell N'degeocello) is a jazzy revelation, and "Where Do We Go From Here" (from her film "Eraser") is a grand, symphonic pop affair. Then there's the lovely duet with Brian McKnight, "Love Is" (surprisingly strong for a cut from a "90210" soundtrack), but Vanessa truly saves the best for last with a slick cover of Bobby Caldwell's "My Flame," recorded especially for this collection. As always with Williams, a tasteful arrangement and honey-dipped vocal make for a superior pop moment. All in all this compilation is a testament to the warmth of Vanessa's voice as well as her knack for selecting top-notch songs. With material like this, the title "The First Ten Years" is by no means a presumptuous statement."
Excellent talent that continues to stand the test of time
Lawrence Ferguson | 12/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By now we all know the Vanessa Williams story. Those of us that follow music can acknowledge that it is hard to keep up with the times and still hold tight to your passions. Vanessa has such a talent of both acting and singing. Her first album was the Right Stuff in 1988 and since then she has the determination to continue and grow. Her greatest hits is not what most people would expect. Vanessa is in the ranks of Streisand and Bette. Vanessa has a style and elegance about her music and is not so hip-hop stereotyped. She is more than beauty...she has a talent that backs her. Besides.....there aren't many Miss America's that you can remember that have gone beyond the Contest and survived. I strongly encourage those out there to add this to your music collection,you won't regret it!"