Betteback October 4, 1998: Bathhouse Betty CD Review

Syracuse Herald Journal
October 4, 1998


As always with Midler she meets expectations of humor, warmth, quirkiness, and innuendo in her song selections.

The Divine Miss M picks her songs without regard to age, mining American music here back to 1925 to Gus Khan’s “Ukulele Lady,” 1935 for “I Sold My Heart To The Junkman,” 1955 for “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (backed by neo-swingsters Royal Crown Revue), and a smattering of up to minute including works by Ben Folds Five, Jennifer Kimball, and Adam Cohen.

The gems include “I’m Beautiful” a ripping dancing self affirmation that puts real spice into Girl Power. She easily handles the idiosyncratic phrasing needed for the jazzy Dave Frishberg/Bob Dorough cover “I’m Hip.”

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