If an individual is judged by the company he or she keeps, the lineup here reflects R&B crooner Luther Vandross's A-list credentials. Usher rivals the master's romantic vocal style with a luscious "Superstar," while American Idol vet Fantasia conjures up his sunny onstage demeanor on "'Til My Baby Comes Home." But it's the old-school divas who land knockouts the lifelong "confirmed bachelor" would have applauded: Aretha Franklin tears "A House Is Not a Home" up from its very foundations.
Like most tributes, Amazing occasionally falters--an oddly antiseptic pairing of Beyonce and Stevie Wonder on the title track--but when even C61ine Dion can't spoil the party, you've got a disc that measures up to the man it honors.
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|Title Annotation:||So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross|
|Author:||Reighley, Kurt B.|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 8, 2005|
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