Title - 'Still Unforgettable' (Rhino)
Artist - Natalie Cole
Over the past several years, we haven't seen really great pop albums that have shined. While we've heard standard records from Rod Stewart with his Great American Songbook series, and offshoots like Barry Manilow's Greatest Songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's. For Natalie Cole though, it has been 17 years after the most dominant standards album, Unforgettable With Love.
Her well-acclaimed tribute album to her late father Nat king Cole is one of the most dominant albums she has ever recorded. But, many fans have been eager and anxious for a sequel to her Unforgettable record, and are hoping for a comeback from Natalie. Well, she has finally made a sequel, but does it really work?
Natalie Cole's 2008 album, Still Unforgettable, which tends to follow-up on her success with the 1991 acclaimed album, but feels more like a mixed bag of tricks that misses the mark. Some of the songs sound well, like her newly-recorded duet with her dad, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, as well as The Best Is Yet To Come, and her rendidition of Lollipops And Roses.
There are though some tracks that feel more they are weak, and lacking heart and soul like her cover of How Do You Keep The Music Playing?, a song which was much more recognized by Patti Austin & James Ingram from the 80's, and her cover of Come Rain Or Come Shine. The feeling of this record, which Natalie did produce by herself, and without the success of her work with David Foster behind Unforgettable, it just feels like it has less drive and heart, but Natalie still shows strength in her voice that still shows the shadow she is still walking under.
All in all, Natalie Cole's Still Unforgettable is not the best standards records album I've heard the past several years, but could've brought more than what listeners still want to find unforgettable. Still Unforgettable isn't as much of a must buy for music lovers as was with Unforgettable With Love, but leaves hard core Natalie Cole fans wishing for more to walk with their baby back home.