Larry Blumenfeld
November 03, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

My Friends & Me

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dionne Warwick
Producers
Concord
genre
Pop

We gave it a B

Warwick pretty much owns the familiar Burt Bacharach-Hal David songs that dominate My Friends & Me. But she shares them with singers from all walks of pop. Her son, producer Damon Elliott, tinkers with each, adding rap rhythms and neo-soul effects, to mixed results. ”Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” with Kelis, muddies the original. But ”Wishin’ and Hopin”’ with Olivia Newton-John is fun. Best is a salsa take on ”Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” with the late Celia Cruz: two deep-voiced divas, digging in and having fun.

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