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Natalie Cole: Thankful [Capitol, 1977]
Musically, her best. She moves from style to style with passion and ease, and her svengalis are writing more crisply. But I begin to muse about Herbert Marcuse when I hear the famous daughter of a wealthy singing star belt the following Inspirational Verse: "Workin two jobs to make your livin and all you do is complain well . . . You should be thankful for what you got." Docked a notch or two for oppressive ideology. B-