Picks and Pans Review: Various Artists

updated 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross

bgwhite bgwhite   

Given the caliber of talent on this Luther lovefest—a who's who of R&B including Mary J. Blige, Usher, Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys—the results are less than amazing. Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder make a surprisingly tepid twosome on the title song, while Donna Summer sucks all of the soul out of "Power of Love." Fantasia delivers one of the few truly inspired moments of the tribute, which was begun before Vandross's death last July, when she turns "'Til My Baby Comes Home" into a gospel rouser that Luther is probably clapping along to somewhere.

DOWNLOAD THIS: "'Til My Baby Comes Home"


From Our Partners