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Snowfall on the Sahara

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Natalie Cole 6/22/1999

Review

With Unforgettable, Natalie Cole refashioned herself as a modern interpreter of the classic American songbook. Once that album turned into a blockbuster, she saw no reason to return to contemporary pop or R&B. Over the course of the '90s, she released a series of faithful, sophisticated, traditional pop albums, all to diminishing artistic and commercial returns. With Snowfall on the Sahara, she pulls back from her classic pop routine and she does so with style. She doesn't abandon her role as a torch songstress, but this time she updates it, not only through Phil Ramone's production but through her selection of songs. This time around, the classics are contemporary -- "A Song for You," "Corrina," "Everyday I Have the Blues," "Gotta Serve Somebody" (complete with a new verse, written by Bob Dylan especially for Cole) -- and she also performs some forgotten tunes and newer songs, along with her fine co-written original title track. Ramone pretty much keeps things in a soulful adult contemporary mold, with the occasional unexpected flourish (such as the trip-hop intro to "Corrina") popping up here and there. Even with such clean radio-ready production, Snowfall on the Sahara is hardly a conventional adult contemporary record; it plays like a nightclub revue from a classic pop vocalist, only with modernized arrangements and songs. Such subtle deviations from formula results in a surprisingly satisfying record. By balancing the form of traditional pop with strong material and modernized production, Snowfall on the Sahara illustrates adult pop needs to be neither predictable or devoid of substantive songs. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Song for You Natalie Cole 4:15
  3. 2 Reverend Lee Natalie Cole 5:7
  4. 3 Snowfall on the Sahara Natalie Cole 4:16
  5. 4 More Than You'll Ever Know Natalie Cole 4:38
  6. 5 Corinna Natalie Cole 5:11
  7. 6 Say You Love Me Natalie Cole 4:51
  8. 7 Everyday I Have the Blues Natalie Cole 4:7
  9. 8 With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming Natalie Cole 4:28
  10. 9 His Eyes, Her Eyes Natalie Cole 5:54
  11. 10 Since You Asked Natalie Cole 3:57
  12. 11 Gotta Serve Somebody Natalie Cole 5:13
  13. 12 Stay With Me Natalie Cole 4:4

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