The Dana Owens Album A standards album by a former rapper? How ambitious. Or, in this case, ambitiously boring. Latifah, a.k.a. Dana Owens, demanded (and deserved) attention back in… 2004-09-28 Queen Latifah Jazz
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The Dana Owens Album (2004)

Details Release Date: Sep 28, 2004; Lead Performance: Queen Latifah; Genre: Jazz

A standards album by a former rapper? How ambitious. Or, in this case, ambitiously boring. Latifah, a.k.a. Dana Owens, demanded (and deserved) attention back in her unvarnished ''Ladies First'' days. But with her music now reflecting her Everywoman tastes for mainstream movies and Cover Girl, her flava is fading faster than a Pizza Hut voice-over. She and Al Green smolder in the taut ''Simply Beautiful,'' but the rest of The Dana Owens Album is a smooth-jazz exercise in ordinariness.

Originally posted Oct 01, 2004 Published in issue #786 Oct 01, 2004 Order article reprints
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