Baker's alto is as strong as ever, her melismatics comfortingly honeyed and seductive. Where she used to celebrate the pleasures of monogamy and the limits and thrills of desire in songs like "Giving You the Best That I Got" and "Caught Up in the Rapture," she now applauds maturity and family, in "Serious," the powerful "You're My Everything," and "Like You Used to Do," an organic, easy duet with Babyface.
The album could use rhythmic variety, and more solos might have leavened the mix. But the settings are largely effective and clearly designed to showcase Baker's gorgeous alto, which can span the innocence of a young girl and the wisdom of a seasoned woman in the course of a single song.
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