CD Warm Your Heart [082839714822] (CD 489212),
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Warm Your Heart [082839714822]

  • 1. Louisiana
    2. Everybody Plays the Fool
    3. It Feels Like Rain
    4. Somewhere Somebody
    5. Don't Go Please Stay
    6. With You in Mind
    7. That's the Way She Loves
    8. Angola Bound
    9. Close Your Eyes
    10. La Vie Dansante - (French)
    11. Warm Our Heart
    12. I Bid You Goodnight
    13. Ave Maria - (Latin)
    14. House on a Hill (Bonus Track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 397148-2

  • Credits

    German edition features one bonus recording, "House On A Hill."
    WARM YOUR HEART, Aaron Neville's 1991 A&M debut, finds the New Orleans crooner bringing his sweet, soulful voice to a collection of pop songs couched in lush production. The opener, a cover of Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927," sets the stage for the star-studded proceedings to follow, with its arrangement by Van Dyke Parks and vocal help from Rita Coolidge and Linda Ronstadt (who also contributes production and arrangements throughout the album). Elsewhere Neville tackles tunes by John Hiatt, Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint, Jimmy Buffett, and even a stirring version of "Ave Maria."
    Though the choice of material and sleek, polished studio treatments are clear attempts to push Neville toward commercial viability, the R&B lion retains all of his charm in this setting. His angelic tenor, which swoops and flutters like a bird, from delicate falsetto to full-throated passion, is in top form on the lovely ballad "With You in Mind" and Neville's own work-song-based "Angola Bound." WARM YOUR HEART succeeds on two levels--it has enough smooth sheen to satisfy fans of adult-contemporary R&B, and enough of Neville's undeniable talent, grace, and showmanship to please his old-school devotees.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (8/8/91) - 3.5 Stars - "...a moody album packed with some extraordinary, transcendent moments..."
    Q (8/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...the (Neville) family's most precious heirloom.."
    Stereo Review (9/91) - Performance "Sumptuous" / Recording "Very good" - "...a special release...a gorgeous piece of mainstream music..."
    New York Times (Publisher) (1/1/92) - "The solo album debut of the great New Orleans soul singer has the year's most sublime pop vocals."
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