A Woman's Touch

A Woman's Touch

by Thelma HoustonThelma Houston


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For her first new album in 17 years, Motown and disco veteran Thelma Houston doesn't exactly dive into the deep water, but instead sort of gets her feet wet by putting her touch on a series of soul and pop covers from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s originally done by male singers Houston has long admired, giving these classic songs, as the album's title states, a woman's touch. The end result is sort of a mixed bag, but it is good to have this fine singer back in the game. A Woman's Touch has a rather smoothed-out, thin sound, and producer Jeff Palo obviously had some budget concerns to deal with, which is probably why there are programmed horns here rather than the real deal, but Houston's voice is what truly matters, and thankfully she is in fine form, bringing a blues approach and a gospel fire to the table. She shines on a pair of Marvin Gaye tunes, the powerful "Distant Lover" and a slowed-down, completely unique version of "Ain't That Peculiar" that recasts the song with a tone of weary resignation into a whole new realm. Houston also sticks her old disco shoes back on for driving renditions of Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and the Luther Vandross-penned "Never Too Much," and tackles pop fare like Jimmy Webb's (who produced her debut album back in 1969) "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and Sting's "Brand New Day" with pleasing if not exactly groundbreaking results. In the end, A Woman's Touch feels a bit like a test run for Houston, a way of easing back into things, and for that, it's a fine outing. Aside from her magnificent version of "Ain't That Peculiar," though, most of what's here is treading water, and Houston is too good a singer to do that for very long.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2007
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663105674
catalogNumber: 31056
Rank: 131583

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thelma Houston   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Portia Griffin   Background Vocals
Larry Klimas   Saxophone
John Pena   Bass,Bass Guitar
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Jack Wargo   Guitar,Gut String Guitar
John Yoakum   Flute
Denita James   Background Vocals
Pat Hodges   Background Vocals
Paul Baker   Harp
Peitor Angell   Keyboards
Katja Rieckermann   Saxophone
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet
Alexis Saunders   Background Vocals
Valerie Pinkerton   Background Vocals
Luigie Gonzalez   Bass Guitar
Rodney Houston   Didjeridu
Thomas Neptune   Drums
Babalunuenue   Chant

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Thelma Houston   Executive Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Luther Vandross   Composer
Maurice White   Composer
Victor Carstarphen   Composer
Gwen Fuqua   Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Verdine White   Composer
James Wirrick   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Sandra Greene   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Eric Robinson   Composer
Emily Johnson   Artwork
Peitor Angell   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Luigie Gonzalez   Audio Production
Eddie X   Audio Production

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