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Patti LaBelle - Flame

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By the time she released Flame in 1997, Patti LaBelle had settled into a comfortable, reliable groove. Following her mid-'80s comeback, LaBelle gradually moved toward a neo-sophisticated, laid-back, adult contemporary style that only occasionally touched on urban soul. Which means Flame is largely a slick, seductive collection of ballads punctuated by a handful of restrained dance-pop numbers. And in that sense, it's no different than any of her '90s albums, but that isn't a bad thing, since LaBelle works with top-notch, classy professionals. A team of producers -- including David Foster, Gerald LeVert, Arif Mardin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis -- worked on Flame, but instead of making the album sound diverse and sprawling, their highly skilled craftsmanship keeps the album unified. All that effort makes the record a pleasurable, listenable album, yet there aren't enough killer hooks or great songs to make it a standout in LaBelle's catalog. Instead, Flame is merely a good Patti LaBelle record, and sometimes that's all you need. ~ Leo Stanley

1) Someone Like You (05:55)
2) I Like the Way It Feels (04:38)
3) You Are My Solid Ground (03:59)
4) Flame (04:10)
5) Let Me Be Your Lady (04:17)
6) Does He Love You (04:17)
7) Shoe Was on the Other Foot (04:24)
8) Addicted to You (04:12)
9) When You Talk About Love (05:32)
10) Love Is Just a Whisper Away (05:19)
11) If by Chance (04:39)
12) Let Me Be There for You (04:19)
13) You Saved My Life (04:00)
14) Don't Block the Blessings (04:49)

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