Pause Hocus Pocus for a moment and take a listen to Bette Milder’s newest creation.
To help promote her upcoming album It’s the Girls! – out Nov. 4 – Midler, 68, released a surprising single: a cover of TLC’s hit track “Waterfalls.”
In Midler’s rendition, the production is scaled back to make room for a slower tempo, drum patters and plenty of luxurious “oohs” and “aahs.” Sadly, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’s rap segment didn’t make the cut, so we are left to wonder about Midler’s spoken-word skills.
” ‘Waterfalls’ was a heartbreaker, especially if you were a mom, and it had a big effect on me,” Midler told Billboard. “I never thought I would have the nerve to sing it, but we had an idea for it that works, and I am so glad I took the chance.”
This idea Midler is speaking of is the format of her new album. It’s the Girls! is a covers tribute to the girl groups that have inspired the performer over her impressive career. The songs covered on the album are pulled from seven different decades, and they include new takes on classics from The Shirelles, Martha & The Vandellas and more. (Shockingly, the Spice Girls are nowhere to be seen.)
It’s the Girls! will be the first new album from Midler since 2006’s Cool Yule.