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Experience the Divine

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Experience the Divine

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Bette Midler
genre:
Reissues

We gave it a B-

For Bette Midler, a greatest-hits package, with its sweeping portrait of her 21-year career, bares all. Her genre-hopping diversity, from covering John Prine (”Hello in There”), to campier, kitschier fare (”Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”), to pop croons like ”The Rose,” makes her popular with a broad audience — indeed, she was Johnny Carson’s last late-night guest. But Experience the Divine also evens her out to a kind of fuzzy blandness. What’s divinity got to do with it? Midler is just one of the hardest-working general-purpose pop divas around. B-

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