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Music Review: Natalie Cole – Still Unforgettable

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Packed with a blazing sense of jazz and lively popular music, Natalie Cole proves she can make the music her own on Still Unforgettable.

At 58, the daughter of Nat King Cole has proven her own legacy in the music industry. She first made her mark on with her 1975 debut, Inseparable, which featured the hit single “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).” Natalie not only scooped a Grammy for the tune, but also won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1976.

She followed the Grammy win with a selection of hits, but fell into trouble in the early 1980s as she dealt with a drug problem. By the mid-80s, however, a comeback was in order and Natalie Cole sprang back to business with 1987’s Dangerous.

For most people, Cole would make her most momentous contribution with 1991’s Unforgettable…with Love. The album featured the singer’s interpretations of some of her father’s greatest hits and spawned Natalie’s most popular tune to date, “Unforgettable.” Made with the magic of modern technology, the track allowed Nat and Natalie to “duet” the beautiful song.

After winning several Grammy awards for Unforgettable…with Love, Natalie Cole continued her career with more pop standard albums.

With 2008’s Still Unforgettable, Natalie “duets” with Nat once again to highlight a jazzy and often sexy record. Cole delves into the American Songbook to find some of the greatest songs ever made, giving each her own charming spin and adding a sense of tone and loveliness that will come as no surprise for fans of this great artist.

Nat and Natalie join up with the magic of technology for Nat’s 1951 hit “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home.” The song’s trouble-free swing and the contrast between the two voices make for a wonderful treat.

“The Best Is Yet To Come” is a fitting tune for Cole, as she sings the playful song with precision and an awful lot of heart. One can’t help but to think of her current struggle with hepatitis C and her September 12 trip to hospital in New York as the result of her medication. Recent news that she has been released from hospital is more than welcome.

The cool and bubbly “Coffee Time” is a sweet little ditty given that trademark bounce by Natalie. And the classic “Nice ‘N Easy” flows with that gentle Bergman warmth.

The “Why Don’t You Do Right?” calls visions of humid city streets with its sticky bass-line and Pete Christlieb’s tenor sax solo. Cole’s effortless swing floats over the song as she calls her man to “do right like those other men do.”

Overall, Still Unforgettable isn’t quite the classic record of Unforgettable…with Love, but it doesn’t have to be in order to be an enchanting and jazzy record filled with magical moments and entertaining tunes. Natalie Cole proves that she can still take songs and own them, transferring her own superb passion and impeccable vocal style to music that crosses genre lines.

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