Bonnie Tyler

Notes from America

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Notes from America is Bonnie Tyler's last Columbia release -- and her first post-Jim Steinman album. She is still working with the talented Desmond Child (who helped out on Secret Dreams & Forbidden Fire), as well as legendary hitmakers Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. But, aside from the single "Hide Your Heart," this album is perhaps most notable for containing songs that would become bigger hits for other artists at later points in time. "The Best" would become Tina Turner's anthem of choice, while Tyler's cover of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" would be eclipsed by Blue Rodeo's version of the same song. This is a satisfying album, but -- following Tyler's two brilliant masterpiece albums with Jim Steinman (Faster Than the Speed of Night and Secret Dreams & Forbidden Fire) -- one can't help but feel a little bit of disappointment at Steinman's absence. Her last American release for eight years (until 1996's Free Spirit), though she would continue a thriving international career during this time.

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