She hasn't made an album in more than seven years, but Miss Ross still possesses an exquisite sense of timing. The former leader of the Supremes smartly reenters the market on the heels of Dreamgirls
, the film adaptation of the Broadway show based on her group's fabled Motown career. And while you can salute the 62-year-old Ross for refusing to compete with Beyoncé, the program of romantic pop standards selected by schlockmeister Steve Tyrell squarely -- and I do mean squarely -- targets the 55-and-over set. The most current tune, Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," was so laughably camp it had to be pulled from the U.S. version of the disc.
Of course, Ross was always more presence than voice. Despite a diminished range, she croons "The Look of Love" as if it had been written for her instead of Dionne Warwick. And even the Muzak arrangement of the Beatles' "I Will" can't sink the song. But fans of Dreamgirls who are checking out Ross for the first time have a lot of history to catch up on before ingesting this syrup.