Unfortunately I wasn’t around when Diana Ross was in her prime and kicking butt as the centerpiece of one of Motown’s killer talents, the Supremes. Add to that the fact that Country music was the one and only acceptable choice in my parent’s household, and my discovery of Diana and her golden voice didn’t truly take place until I was in my early twenties.
With everything that has been written about her and the Supremes as well as all the various reissues of their work (as well as her acclaimed solo work following her departure from the group), I’ve had plenty of time to get to know and fall in love with the voice of Ms. Ross.
That’s why I was both pleased and excited to have the chance to sit down and listen to her newest release, a collection of love songs entitled, simply, I Love You.
From the first slow and sweet melody of the opening track “Remember,” to the soulful swagger and swing of my favorite track on the album “More Today Than Yesterday,” to the luxuriously languid vocals on “The Look of Love,” to the prayerful vocals on “To Be Loved,” all the way to the sweet and soulful version of “You Are So Beautiful,” I loved it all.
In a world where glitzy television shows try and tell me who does and doesn't have true talent and deserves to be an idol, it is nice to know that there are still true idols out there capable of delivering proof that it was no fluke they achieved stardom.
Were she just a young singer starting out, the music on this album of carefully chosen covers would be enough to make people sit up and take immediate notice. Hopefully, because she is a known star that many people have (perhaps) pushed into the dustbin of history, people will not outright dismiss what is a wonderful collection of songs and music.
And on that note, I think I’ll simply finish this by stating again that I loved everything about I Love You, except perhaps that it was only a single album and not a double.