FOR MANY years now, Patti LaBelle has had trouble coming up with original material that measures up to her towering voice. So if s a smart move for the “Lady Marmalade” belter to Patti-fy these old R&B and pop gems popularized by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt. With her range and power, LaBelle can make any song her own, and she does just that on a remake of the Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You,” which she turns into a gospel rouser. Not everything works, including her duet with Elton John on “Your Song,” and the disc could use more uptempo cuts like the funky “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else.” Still, there are more than enough memorable Moments.
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