Personnel: Bill Neale, Bobby Eli (guitar); Don Renaldo (strings, horns); George Merrill, Thom Bell (keyboards, background vocals); Charles Collins (drums); Ed Shea, Larry Washington (percussion); Carl Helm (background vocals).
Deniece's heavenly soprano is as impressive as ever under the guidance of producer Thom Bell. The sweet Philly sound architect keeps Williams' expressive, high-range vocals under wraps, transforming her into a bel canto singer on eight delightful selections. Highlights include the R&B hit "Silly," "Strangers," and the lovely Stylistics-inflected "You're All That Matters." Bell departs from signature sound on the reggae-drenched "Suspicious," but Williams handles the jerk groove as well as she does the ethereal "Sweet Surrender." ~ Andrew Hamilton
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