Medicine Hat News
November 23, 1990
Bette Midler Some Peopleâ€™s Lives (Atlantic) Bette Midler may have been tempted to chum out an album ballads after the success ofâ€”her Grammy-winning single Wind Beneath My Wings, but fortunately she stays true to her more diverse nature on Some Peopleâ€™s Lives.
Fans of Wind Beneath My Wings need not cast dole fiil looks: Midler has some bittersweet songs to keep them happily melancholy â€” namely The Girl Is on to You, From a Distance, He Was Too Good to Me/Since You Stayed Here, and the title track. Plus thereâ€™s the extra-syrupy, but more grandiose Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, a full orchestra ballad that Midler handles appropriately.
Yet the opening song. One More Rotmd, a minimalistic dance track, is a self-motivating pep rally for an album of mixed moods.
After dispatching the title track, Midler delivers a boisterous cover of Cole Porterâ€™s Miss Otis Regrets. She Isnâ€™t the greatest vocalist around, limited by nasality and an average range, but this track shows Midler is one of the most distinctive and charismatic singers out there.