This is Vanessa Williams’ Concord Records debut and her first album in more than four years. In her own words, The Real Thing is “a potpourri of breezy Latin rhythms, sultry jazz standards and dreamy pop sketches,” and delves into the sophisticated pop and R&B that have been the hallmark of her dynamic musical career. Vanessa has garnered a total of 16 Grammy nominations and sold millions of albums throughout her musical career. She continues be one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment, who has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, videos, TV and motion pictures. Vanessa Williams can currently be seen in the hit television series Ugly Betty and in the blockbuster film Hannah Montana: The Movie. The Real Thing is produced by Grammy Award winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Keith Thomas, Rob Mathes, and Rex Rideout.


1. Breathless  
2. Hello Like Before  
3. Loving You  
4. Just Friends  
5. The Real Thing  
6. Lazy Afternoon  
7. Close To You  
8. I Fell In  
9. October Sky  
10. Come On Strong  
11. If There Were No Song



The album opens with Breathless. The song is heavy on the Spanish guitar as Vanessa gives a solid vocal performance. The song is okay but not one of the best tracks on the album.

Hello Like Before is a strong track which seems to capture some of the magic that made Robin Thicke a star with Lost Without You. The track works on many different levels and the string arrangement just adds that extra boost.

Loving You is more in the mold of big band era standards. The song sounds like it was just cut out of that era and transplanted into 2009.

The CD is a breathy mix that seems like a throwback to the old Vanessa Williams. I don’t care for that mid 1990s boisterous stuff. She’s a gifted talent alongside her acting career. Many other albums came through down the years & of those, Vanessa touched on various genres – such as jazz, pop, hip-hop, & latin music. But, I cared for none of those. This CD is the definition of mediocre. However, baby boomers and other suburb dwellers will buy this on release week at Target.


Final Score: 84%  – C


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