Review: Diana Ross returns with nostalgic but bland record
Diana Ross expresses her gratitude for her fans and her career in her new album titled “Thank You”. This album goes down in history as the singer’s first original track to be released since 1999. In âThank You, “ Ross evokes listeners’ nostalgia for 1980s music. While lively at times and pleasing to the ear, the album is by no means exceptional. There are some exciting aspects to the album but overall “Thank You” lacks any kind of shine.
The 1980s The production style of all of the songs is heartwarming for longtime Diana Ross fans. The 77-year-old singer, working with what she knows, kept this album from being nothing more … than the pitiful understanding of an older artist on a successful return to the new musical generation.
Ross painted “Thank You” with keyboards, violins, harps and a touch of disco. The album is carried by overtly positive but vague lyrics where Ross preaches old-fashioned themes about life, hope and love. In the song “In Your Heart” Ross sings, “It never rains forever / In your heart / There is a voice / Let it rise. Â»These words are presented as an attempt at inspiration, but fails due to lack of specificity.
Most of the songs on the album draw on classics from the past. The opening song, “Thank you,Begins with a beat similar to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Ross’s friend and collaborator Marvin Gaye. Ross also includes lines like “You say I’m just a dreamer” in the song., “The answer is always love” and Lyrics, “The first time I saw your face” in the song “Beautiful Love”, who could be references to “Imagine” by John Lennon (1971) and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Ewan MacColl (1957).
“Thank You” wouldn’t be complete without some classic love ballads from Ross. Ross’s silky voice, which seems to be softer, probably due to age, adds a dimension of comfort and warmth to several of the songs on the album like “Count On Me”, “Beautiful Love” and “Time. To Call “. Sadly, the subjects of all of these songs are typical, shallow lyrics about someone’s love – which is disappointing considering that all of the other songs are dance songs that also lack depth.
Ross brings disco to life in an instrumental way–the rich song “I Still Believe”, once again arousing nostalgia for some of his greatest hits of the past such as “I’m Coming Out” (1980) and “Love Hangover” (1976).
“Thank You” is a beautiful album with many high quality moments. However, the album doesn’t have much depth.; these are some songs about the craze and the party, and obnoxiously forced positivity for the rest.
The cheesy moments of “Thank You” are found in songs that are zealous, like “All Is Well”, “The Answer’s Always Love”, “Time To Call” and “Come Together”.
“Come Together” is the last song on the album. It’s a lively and funky song with layers of brass, saturated backing vocals and violins. But between the powerful vocal melody and the backing from Ross, Ross talks about unity and how everyone should âcome togetherâ. While that’s a sweet message, it’s also cheesy, and that sort of cringey preaching is a common thread among several of the hopeful songs on âThank Youâ which certainly takes away from the album as a whole.
Ross has kept his class image by sticking to the musical influence his team and fans know and love. In doing so, she created a spirited album filled with a slightly overwhelming amount of hope and love.
“Thank You” is a love letter to Ross fans who haven’t forgotten her and who may be yearning for a throwback to another musical age. Over two decades later, “Thank You” is a nostalgic, albeit mediocre, addition to Ross’ legendary discography.