Some People's Lives

”Did the New Kids on the Block produce this?” That was the epitaph from a colleague of mine for the livelier songs on Bette Midler’s new record, Some People’s Lives, which do indeed bounce with the aerobic emptiness of nearly any New Kids track. Midler’s ballads, on the other hand, sound as if they were manufactured by a pop psychologist with the temperament and intellect of Pollyanna (Leo Buscaglia, maybe). In the end what’s most depressing is how little character everything has. Strings tremble, synthesizers wail; the singer could be nearly any vaguely competent female vocalist. There’s hardly a trace of Midler’s trademark sass. What a waste. D

Some People's Lives
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