- Released: April 23, 2002
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Personnel includes: Michael Boltan (vocals, arranger); Headman (various instruments); Esbjorn Ohrwall, Michael Thompson (acoustic & electric guitars); Paul Pimsler (electric guitar); Jan Bengtson (flute); Harry Sommerdahl (piano); Love Deacons Of Soul, Thomas Lindberg, Rico Suarez, Nathan East (bass); Todd Sucherman (drums); Amir Sosi (tabla); D. Lopez, Rolando Moralez (percussion); Clay Perry, Nemo, Walter Afansieff (programming); Nicki Richards, Marc Nelson (background vocals).
Producers include: Billy Mann, Gary Haase, Michael Bolton, Rudy Perez, Max Martin.
Engineers include: Gary Haase, Steven Milo, Bruce Weeden.
First things first; Michael Bolton has long since rid himself of that ridiculous semi-mullet that detractors were so fond of mocking. Visuals aside, his sound has similarly gotten an update on ONLY A WOMAN LIKE YOU. The opening track "Dance With Me" is a propulsive, lusty Latin-pop number a la Ricky Martin. If that's not enough of a curve ball for those who think they know everything about Michael Bolton, try the semi-hip-hop rhythm loops underlying "Slowly" on for size. That's not to say that those enamored of the "vintage" Bolton sound should fear finding themselves totally at sea; the balance of the album is filled with slow-burning, melodic power ballads co-written by Bolton with the likes of Desmond Child and Richard Marx. It's just that there's a touch of progress to be found on A WOMAN LIKE YOU, and nobody can fault Bolton for that.