On You', Patti Sterling, Kon Kord, 2003
It is hard to decide what to say about this CD,
except that is it great. On her web site, Sterling
describes herself as doing 'jazz based R&B with a
Texas edge.' On this CD, however, she delivers mostly
pop/dance music with soul and R&B undercurrents.
What makes them stand out are the songs themselves
and Sterling's voice.
Usually a CD has one or two cuts that are targeted as
radio hits. All of the first three cuts here could
qualify here. 'The Philly Song (Really Doesn't Matter)'
has a funky beat with a sunny melody. 'Bettin' On You'
happily combines a bit of dance electronica and rock
guitar with Sterling's powerful voice.
'Woman' is a bluesy based number that shows off Sterling's
impressive vocal range. So does the ending cut 'Eye
of the Storm.'
All four have powerful background vocals, featuring
Sterling herself and four other women. They are gospel
style, as in many of Aretha Franklin's hits.
'Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It,' a romantic
duet with Rue Davis, is a soul number. So is 'Room at
the End of the Hall,' a spooky number with a story that
has Sterling's lover cheating with her live-in sister.
Sterling co-wrote the latter, as she did with seven of
the ten cuts.
The appealingly quirky 'Seven Desires,' which lists them
throughout (health, wealth, wisdom, power, luck, long
life, and love). 'East of Midnight' is a jazz/lounge
flavored change of pace.
Hopefully both radio stations and dance fans will soon
discover Sterling and her strong, upbeat songs.
- Dave Howell