Luther Vandross

To Love

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As a budget-priced anthology of Luther Vandross, To Love is commendable, if oddly selected. Though it includes some of his biggest hits, like "Power of Love" and "Here and Now," it also omits some crucial cuts, like his powerful version of "A House Is Not a Home" and the smash "Give Me a Reason." It does, though, earn some points for including some welcome unusual picks, like the jazzy "Don't You Know That?," the lovely and melancholy "I Wonder," and especially the sublime "My Sensitivity (Gets in the Way)," a song that Vandross once called the most personal he'd ever written. Some of the choices seem odd, like "I'll Let You Slide," a pleasant pop tune, but hardly as important as some of Vandross' bigger hits (like the equally upbeat but far more essential "'Til My Baby Comes Home"), and at barely an hour, the CD could have packed in a couple more tracks. It's not quite the place to start for newcomers (that would be The Best of Luther Vandross: The Best of Love or maybe The Essential Luther Vandross), and die-hard fans will already own all of these songs. Considering it contains some superb album cuts that were never released as singles, To Love makes an excellent companion piece to the more lauded double sets and, at the very least, is worth a listen.

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