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Natalie Cole: Natalie [Capitol, 1976]
I believe good singers (which Cole is) ought to sing good songs. Of these, only "Good Morning Heartache," already defined and altered by two noteworthy predecessors, and "Can We Get Together Again," which sounds suspiciously like "This Will Be," distinguish themselves. I also believe that if your producers get to write all your material, they ought to at least provide a Sound, not the feckless eclecticism here displayed. C+