My Amazon.com review:
Queen Latifah. Dana Owens. Whatever you want to call her, the woman is a gift. She is elegance, she is grace, she is class. And now with “The Dana Owens Album” she has proved it once again, this time to the music world. The Queen has entered the building, and she ain’t never gonna be leavin’. Ya hear?
Her sass is still there, on the upbeat tracks such as “Baby Get Lost” and “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh” and “Mercy Mercy Mercy.” She won’t let you forget that she IS still the Queen. Don’t be fooled.
But we also get the exquisite treat of her more sensitive and mature side, on “Close Your Eyes”, “I Put A Spell on You,” “California Dreamin'” and of course the absolutely perfect “Lush Life,” from “Living Out Loud,” which was the first time I realized that this lady, while already immensely talented, was much more multi-talented than anyone initially thought. How wonderful that her career has blossomed so well since this initial outing.
There are not enough superlatives and not enough exclamations in the dictionary to represent how I feel after listening to this album over and over again. I will never tire of it, and I will never tire of her magical voice. I can’t wait to see what she does next. If Queen Dana Latifah Owens has reinvented herself before–and she has–she just might do it again, and I will be anxiously awaiting the next move. Will she rap again? Possibly, but as a non-rap fan, I am hoping that she continues along this path and continues to grace us with that velvety smooth voice for years to come.