The Spinners

The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits (Dionne Warwick, 1989)

In American, Dodo Dayao, Pop on April 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

22-out-of-24 songs here are signed Bacharach-David making this as much their compendium because they never really had one and because their songs never had such bristle and spark as when Dionne was singing them. The Bacharach-David-Warwick axis was among pop’s mightiest. Without Burt and Hal, Dionne never sang songs that soared as high; and without Dionne, Burt and Hal never found an ingénue with as much give and feel. Not that I needed to enact this sort of rock critic surgery for this to win me over. First song in and I was goo and that’s even before we get to the spry anxiety of “Walk On By”, the country-soul resplendence of “Message to Michael”, the bubbly paranoia of “Are You There With Another Girl?”, the wise mush of “Alfie”. Sentimental value, the rekindling of specific memories, is what keeps mushy from becoming mawkish. But none of these songs rekindle specific memories in me and yet all of them sort of do. Maybe because vulnerability is universal. And vulnerability strapped to a catchy tune is eternal.

– Dodo Dayao

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