STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10891-CAS1000 LABEL: Volt VOLT401 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony May
No quarrel with the sleeves description of the lady as "The Consummate Singer of Southern Soul Ballads". Her rich, swooping contralto glides through this secular set with grace and style. Her roots sink deeply into the classic workings of Mahalia, Aretha and Gladys, caressing the plaintive love songs, and seriously stomping all over the sassy numbers. Best known for the worldwide hit "Misty Blue", Dorothy's strong Christian convictions have led to shared concerts with many greats of black gospel. 'Time Out For Me' has simply the best of everything. Eight strong songs, creamy musicianship, and one of the strongest, soul-soaked voices in creation. The singer wrings every last drop of emotion from songs of pain regret and loss. The music's shot through with blues, gospel and soul, stirred to a timeless gumbo, offering the deepest satisfaction imaginable. An epic of gloriously real music in a contemporary plastic panorama of mechanised sounds. This is what it was meant to be, folks. Food for the heart, a long term close friend of an album.
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