Friday, July 09, 2004

Anita Baker

Songstress Anita Baker has been away for much too long—10 years, in fact. Fortunately, "You're My Everything"—the first peek into the artist's new album ("My Everything," due Sept. 7)—finds her giving listeners the best that she's got. This is vintage Baker, with the artist recapturing the warmth and elegance of such now-classic songs as "Caught Up in the Rapture" and "Sweet Love." One of those rare one-listen songs, "You're My Everything" reels in listeners with rich orchestral flourishes, a catchy chorus and that voice. Just try ignoring the emotion in Baker's voice when she sings, "Just wanna hold you/How I adore you/You got that special touch." It's for very good reason that smooth jazz and adult R&B radio formats are already championing this one.—MP billboard.com

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