I’ve always liked Queen Latifah. Her looks are appealing, her spirit is appealing, she can act... she’s an entertainer. When “Chicago” kicked her Hollywood career to a higher level, I went “Yay!”
All that said, I didn’t run out and buy her “Dana Owens Album” in 2004, when she repackaged herself as a pop-jazz songbird. Just didn’t feel the need to go there with her.
Same is true with her new CD, “Trav’lin’ Light,” which hits the street tomorrow.
But I would download a FREE track off of “Trav’lin’ Light.” In fact, I did. It’s a cover of “Poetry Man.” Follow this link and you can get that MP3 – nice and legal – from Download.com.
Now here’s the thing. Phoebe Snow sang that song as well as anyone could possibly sing it. I don’t think it was a good idea for Latifah to record it... especially with an arrangement nearly identical to the original.
It’s a pleasant version, I guess. And Latifah enunciates such that I can understand a few lyrics I didn’t get before (like “sultry vamp”).
But... well, ummm... you know, like... who cares?
Click here to check the song out on my Vox blog.