Sound Advice - Patti Austin

Sound Advice

Patti Austin

  • Genre: R&B/Soul
  • Release Date: 2011-05-17
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 12

  • ℗ 2010 Shanachie


Title Artist Time
You Gotta Be Patti Austin 4:58 USD 1.29
By the Grace of God Patti Austin 3:35 USD 1.29
Round and Round Patti Austin 4:30 USD 1.29
You Can't Always Get What You Patti Austin 7:09 USD 1.29
Let 'Em In Patti Austin 4:40 USD 1.29
Gotta Serve Somebody Patti Austin 8:10 USD 1.29
Vincent Patti Austin 6:30 USD 1.29
A Little Bit of Love Patti Austin 4:37 USD 1.29
Lean On Me Patti Austin 6:41 USD 1.29
Give It Up Patti Austin 4:27 USD 1.29
My Way Patti Austin 5:15 USD 1.29
Enjoy the Silence Patti Austin 4:45 USD 1.29


  • LEAN ON ME is an AMAZING arrangement

    By fotomark
    This CD is work the money just for Patt's recording of the Sould Classic "Lean On Me" sang like it should have been sung the first time, with deep meaning and heart. This rendition takes you to church and is so heartfelt it may bring a tear to your eye. The other song worth it's weight in gold is "By the Grace of God". You did it again Patti, another wonderful piece of work!!!
  • The sing'ers singer ...

    By raphaelp
    Miss Patti goes to church on this album. And it is the best feel-good music I've heard in a very long time. I've always loved her, but she never stops surprising me. Phenomenal talent. And don't let any singer fool you that if you lose weight that your heartiness escapes your voice. It just ain't true. She's living proof. A gem.
  • Sound Advice

    By Charles Cooper
    Another great cd by one of the greatest singers on the planet.
  • Click By Album

    By lotusengineer
    This is Patti at her best!
  • OMG!!!!

    By bigeyes1963
    Patti is looking great and singing about God and His mercy. Now, i would love to hear her and James Ingram doing a combo together....Holla Back Yall! you all in the r&b world know what im talking about!
  • Snap-and-Crackle Pop

    By CandyJesus
    “Sound Advice”, Patti Austin’s first new collection in almost 4 years, is a return to the world of pop music for Austin after nearly a decade as a missionary for traditional jazz. Austin’s amazing versatility as a singer has always made her something of a genre hopper on her solo projects, and she has long demonstrated a penchant for covering material made famous by other singers. But a Patti Austin cover of a well-known song tends to be less a ‘cover’ and more a ‘radical reconstruction’, and on “Sound Advice” Austin has chosen material broadlly and eclectically—from Dylan to McCartney; from The Rolling Stones to The Jacksons; from Sinatra to Bill Withers; from Don McLean to Brenda Russell; from Des’ree to Depeche Mode, with a couple of her own original compositions included for good measure. To such broadly chosen material, she gives readings ranging from gut-bucket gospel to rollicking rock; from spare-and-spartan acoustic to a little electro-enhanced techno-tinged pop. (The lone head-scratcher occurs on Austin’s own otherwise pleasant composition ‘Round and Round’ with the unwelcome intrusion of some kind of auto-tone sounding gimmickry—Patti Austin is the LAST singer to need anything like that.) The overall effect is more pot-luck than buffet, but fortunately Austin cooks, and well. The biggest surprise may well be the full-bore gospel makeover treatment given to the early-90s Des’ree pop tune “You Gotta Be”. Austin (backed appriopriately by The Fire Choir) gives a fire-and-ice interpretation of this song, showing as much vocal power and raw emotion as she may have ever recorded—the result less an invocation of the original than an incineration. One listen and you know that Patti Austin is the new owner of this song. A slightly (but only slightly) less pleasant surprise is the re-recording (a cover of a cover?) of her own acoustic version of “Lean On Me”, which Austin had recorded back in 2008 on a 3-song holiday EP released on Concord. The new version adds unnecessary layers of instrumentation (drums, bass and guitars) that detract from the spare, haunting quality of her own previous version. Sometimes there’s no need to improve perfection. Overall, this is a very solid, very enjoyable, very listenable collection of familiar pop songs given something new. And it's great to hear Patti Austin, the consummate backing vocalist, working once again wtih backing vocalists. For fans and followers who expected (or hoped for) a continuation of Austin’s impeccable jazz interpretations “For Ella” (2002) and “Avant Gershwin” (2007) this new collection may come as a surprise, but for long-time admirers it is a reminder that Patti Austin can still serve a lot of snap and crackle with her pop.

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