Natalie Cole Don't Look Back
Nathaniel Marsaleno McGhee | Cleveland, Ohio United States | 07/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a Perfect Title for Natalie Cole's 1980 Album since it is her first album of the 1980's while retaining her magic of the 1970's.The Disco side contains Don't Look Back,I'm Getting In To You,and Cole-Blooded.The R&B side contains (I've Seen) Paradise,Hold On,Someone That I Used To Love,and Beautiful Dreamer with the Jazzinest of the Ella Fitzgerald Remake of Stairway To The Stars and the Rock/Gospel tinged Danger(Up Ahead).Unfortunately this Album is not talked about enough and it is Out-Of-Print."
Natalie Cole Tackles Her First AC Power Ballad and with Awes
S. Sarabia | Portland, ME, USA | 12/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album, Natalie Cole's 6th studio record and first of a new decade (1980,) would show an evolution of sorts. Firstly, she would sink her chops into an AC power ballad, Michael Masser & Gerry Goffin's gorgeous, "Someone That I Used to Love" and she would do it with such finesse, that one would have expected even more similar musical moments, however, such was not the case. The music as well as the public image began to show signs of incredible wear. However, if one were to look forward, one would see that with the excellent re-reading of Ella's "Stairway to the Stars," greater things would surely be to come. What's good about "Don't Look Back" is that she didn't; she pressed on and tried something new. What's bad about it is that it was poorly sequenced, thus appearing more as a mish-mash of styles than one cohesive package. Given this, you end up with an album which would be her first not to go Gold and an eventual drop from the label where she had enjoyed so much chart success and acclaim for the previous five years. Did she rebound? Yes. Everyone knows that she did. One thing's for sure here though: Via her impeccable phrasing and ear for good melody, she proved to the world that with "Someone That I Used to Love," she wasn't to be pigeonholed into the R&B category and that she could, like many of her peers at that time, certainly handle a great Pop song and with it, broaden her appeal too.
johntaylor | lynn, ma. USA | 05/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not much better vocal styling than "someone" or anything else on this hard to find release. Personal favorite would have to be "danger up ahead"....rocking!!!! awesome."