Picks and Pans Review: Minnie
Riperton's career was just getting started, with her 1975 hit Lovin' You, when she was struck by cancer and, at 26, underwent a mastectomy. While this album is not exactly her comeback—she resumed performing in 1977—it is a major effort to pick up where she left off four years ago. Minnie still has a nice feathery voice (except when she feels compelled to show off the upper reaches of her five-octave range), and her material—much of it co-written by Riperton and husband Dick Rudolph—suits her well. Memory Lane and Never Existed Before are two good, lilting examples. This LP is also notable for appearances by old friend Stevie Wonder and by Jose Feliciano, who joins Riperton on Light My Fire. There's no disco, no soul, no jazz—just good, easygoing pop music.
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