Patti LaBelle: Carlos de la Chiesa
Kristina Feliciano
May 03, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Patti LaBelle has had a makeover for her latest CD<Timeless Journey, working with Babyface on a track and getting assists from rap duo Floetry and Carlos Santana. But her guests maintain a respectful distance, discreetly deepening the grooviness dormant in LaBelle since ”Lady Marmalade.” Timeless Journey glimmers with acid-jazz and neo-soul rhythms, and LaBelle is given sassy lyrics worthy of her diva self. That’s what we call a new attitude.

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