Starting with the old chestnut, "The Man That Got Away", and continuing with a classy duet with her sister Margo Reed on "I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues," the tone of the album is cast, leaving the listener to sit back and groove over each subsequent track.
There are three tracks penned by Brenda Burns, a new songwriting name to me, and each song is superb. Give a listen to the beautiful ballad "When Love Was New", the deep soul sound of "I Have A Right To Know," and the bluesy "A Touch of Love," and see if you don't agree.
With a new label and her strongest release by far, it's time for Francine to be acknowledged as one of the finest divas performing today. Whether it is jazz, blues, or soul she has few peers.
This release gets my highest recommendation for all lovers of great singing and a strong candidate for CD of the year. Way to go Francine!
--- Alan Shutro
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