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BETTYE LAVETTE: WORTHY (CHERRY RED RECORDS)
Wow! “Where A Life Goes” is one of the most heartbreaking songs I’ve heard in a long while. Tragically endearing, soul destroying, as the singer talks to her late sister. Beautifully brilliant. Whatever music category Ms LaVette falls into this CD encompasses most emotions, where the singer puts herself into the starring role of the bewitching, forbidden or betrayed woman. All tracks have that LaVette bite; the rawness in her voice is, by now, unmistakable, made more prominent by the often scanty – yet ample – musical support. Sometimes she verges on angst, with sympathetic melodies; other times she pushes across her opinions in a matter of fact way. “Step Away” is a prime example of this. I also like the Jagger/Richards’ composition “Complicated” as it hits the soft funk, with an underlying Rolling Stones feeling in the guitar work. “Unbelievable” is more upbeat, yet low keyed with its message, and so Bob Dylan in its profusion of lyrics. In the CD notes Bettye wrote – “Okay, here I go again. I’ve got to be one of the oldest living females with a new CD..” Yes. I admire her style, but more than that, I totally admire her for having the guts and staying power to show us what real music is all about. With over fifty years in the music business to her credit, plus her “A Woman Like Me” autobiography which knew no bounds, Bettye has now given us a spiritually charged musical journey that comes by every now and then. So thank you!

Rating: 9


About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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