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Jun 15th 2003

Flying High - Beyonce Beyonce ft: Luther Vandross - Closer I get to you: (Columbia)


The front woman of Destinys Child steps out on her own too. After seeing group members Michelle and Kelly score successful debut solo albums, it was only a matter of time before Beyonce would get the solo bug.

Beautiful Beyonce is scorching right now fresh off the success of her motion picture debut in Austin Powers: Goldmember, she's just finished her album called 'Dangerously in Love'.

The track I'm reviewing here is the remake originally sung by Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack 'Closer I get to you'. The classic ballad gets some new life pumped into it with Beyonce and Luther adding a more modern feel. Beyonce never sounded better as she progresses to grow with her voice as she settles into the lyrics and with Luther playing the role of the legendary Donny Hathaway, you know no other voice was better suited for the track.

I'm not one to believe in the classics being revamped but I must say that this one warrants merit for credibility and poise to make a dent in the playlists of 'quiet storm' radio formats across the country.

The album will be released on the 24th and the word of mouth is that it's going to be a big success for the Houston native and send the already flying high gal even higher (although that remains to be seen).

The song can also be found on Luther's latest CD 'Dance with my Father' out now which is also getting rave reviews

Listen to Beyonce & Luther's 'Closer I get to you'

Sir TY





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