Dance With My Father
Vandross takes a level-headed view of love on “Right in the Middle,” urging listeners to have realistic expectations. A duet with Beyoncé, “The Closer I Get to You,” desires a deep, lasting relationship. The touching title track relates a son’s warm memories of his departed father (“If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him/I’d play a song that would never ever end”). Romantic reconciliation is the basis for “Buy Me a Rose” and “Once Were Lovers.” A man’s philandering and deception catch up with him on “She Saw You” (“It’s too late for feeling bad/You did not respect the girl”). A remake of Bill Wither’s thematically upbeat “Lovely Day” is marred by ...
Busta Rhymes’ suggestive rap, which treats Vandross’ crooning like an erotic tonic á la Barry White. “Hit It Again” eavesdrops on a couple in bed as the man selfishly demands multiple orgasms. A wandering woman says another man “takes care of her under the covers” (“If I Didn’t Know Better”). Racy rapper Foxy Brown drops in for a spousal sparring session that includes mild profanity and threats of divorce (“If It Ain’t One Thing”).
Velvety smooth R&B doesn’t get any better than what’s right with this disc. However, the artist’s noble views of love and family are sullied by a demand for sexual healing. Fans should sit out this Dance.