Josef Woodard
October 17, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

To Make Me Who I Am

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Aaron Neville

We gave it an B

Neville’s voice is one of the wonders of the musical world, a muscular yet vulnerable instrument that’s soulful even when he’s not trying. His latest continues his slide into slicker terrain, with guests like Babyface, Diane Warren, and Tony Rich aiding in too squeaky-clean production. Still, Linda Ronstadt is an inspired foil on vibrato-laden duets, and Neville gets poignant on the title song. Overall, a little more bayou grease would have gone a long way to fend off the gloss. B

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