Winnipeg Free Press
Midler’s tear-jerkers offer little of substance
October 27, 1990
A singer/actress who cheerfully refers to herself as a big-mouthed broad, Midler is known for a loud, colorfulÂ personality on screen. However, it rarely comes across on this record.
Midler can either belt it out or sing ballads in hushed tones. Less certain on the middle ground, she simply avoids it.
Since tear-jerking ballads are her cash cow, this record is f u ll of them â€” seven of 11 tracks. She has complemented them with tunes that require either smooth sensitivity or throaty gusto, keeping her shortcomings well hidden.
While you’ve got to respect someone who sticks to what she can do, however, there’s little of substance here. The most interesting tune is Cole Porter‘s Miss Otis Regrets, some terrific, full-throttle big band swing, which takes advantage of Midler’s power.
The rest of this album is stunning in its insignificance.