Patti LaBelle

(Patti LaBelle: Carlos de la Chiesa)

Timeless Journey

Genre: Pop, R&B; Lead Performer: Patti LaBelle; Producer (group): Def Soul Classics

Patti LaBelle has had a makeover for her latest CD, working with Babyface on a track and getting assists from rap duo Floetry and Carlos Santana. But her guests maintain a respectful distance, discreetly deepening the grooviness dormant in LaBelle since ”Lady Marmalade.” Timeless Journey glimmers with acid-jazz and neo-soul rhythms, and LaBelle is given sassy lyrics worthy of her diva self. That’s what we call a new attitude.

Originally posted May 3 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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