Picks and Pans Review: Diana Ross

updated 07/10/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT



The best new Diana Ross album in forever isn't actually new. Blue, a previously unreleased gem unearthed from the Motown vaults, was recorded in 1971-72 and was originally intended to serve as a companion piece to Ross's classic Lady Sings the Blues soundtrack. While the spirit of Billie Holiday was clearly inhabiting Ross, the singer imbues these jazz and pop standards with her own satiny touch, demonstrating how underrated she is as a stylist. In her vocal and artistic prime, Lady Diana reigns supreme from her sultry take on Cole Porter's "Let's Do It" to a lush rendition of "But Beautiful" that is simply gorgeous.
[STARS 3.5]


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