Wendi Slaton

Turn Around and Look

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When Wendi Slaton debuted in 1990 with Turn Around and Look, it was clear that the Houston native had little in common with other young R&B singers. The overproduced urban contemporary sounds of the early '90s held no interest for Slaton, who sticks with a classic, gospel-influenced '60s/early-'70s Southern soul sound on this impressive though little-known CD. Slaton, who is white, spares no passion on either new material or covers of soul classics like Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me" and Barbara Lynn's "You'll Lose a Good Thing." One song that really gets quite a makeover is Roxy Music's "To Turn You On," which works quite well in this Southern soul setting. Most of the material sounds like it could have been recorded for Stax 20 or 25 years earlier; that, combined with the fact that Slaton recorded for a small independent, resulted in no exposure on urban contemporary radio. But for fans of true R&B, Turn Around and Look would be well worth tracking down.

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