Ramona Wulf

Natural Woman

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Inviting, up-tempo ditties and several simple ballads comprise Wulf's first non-Schlager effort. Released following the single success of "Save the Last Dance for Me," a lite-disco update of the Drifters' classic, Natural Woman never strays very far from the musical confines of that number, remaining content with plush, ultra-mellow, string-laden arrangements and equally understated rhythmic and vocal counterparts. It's a formula that works well for Wulf, who possesses a low-key style quite befitting of the submissive lyrics of tunes like "Teacher" and "I Can't Say No." On the slower numbers, the subtlety can get to the point of sleepiness. But it's hard not to get involved in the perky horns and assertive chorus of "Natural Man," or the nifty vocal arrangements and percussion of "Step by Step." Though there has never been a musical style officially proclaimed as lounge-disco, producer Michael Kunze effectively merges the essence of both respective genres here into a pleasing construction that is both relaxing and kinetic. The end result is unmistakably consistent, if not as intriguing and exciting as Wulf's follow-up album.