Something seems to be missing these days. It seems that record companies, radio stations, and streaming services are pushing some the great established musicians to the background. As a result these veteran artists are not getting the attention they deserve. Enter the Top 10 Album Countdown: The New Oldies. The main point is simple – to make this list you must have at least 20 years of producing established music. The album by the artist must have been released between November 1st, 2021 and October 31st, 2022.
#2 Diana Ross – Thank You
On the New Oldies Countdown, there is an expression that I have used over and over again. Namely, every artist has at least one good album left in them. In the case of Diana Ross, when Thank You was released it had been 15 yeas since Ross released a full studio album. At 77 years old,, Diana Ross proved that this album was worth the wait. Ross delivers a stellar performance that is combination of a throwback to her 1970s days and some modern elements mixed. In the end, she delivers one of the best albums of her career.
Tracks such as Thank You, All is Well, Count On Me, Just in Case, and Beautiful Love will have you evoking the memories of Diana Ross’ early 1970s days. At the same time, there are some modern style tracks. If The World Just Danced, Tomorrow and In Your Heart are examples of bringing a modern electronic-music like sound to it. Perhaps the belle of the ball of the collection is I Still Believe. It’s a song produced by Jack Antonoff and it showcases a fusion of Ross’ R&B days, Disco days, and now modern electronic music.
Perhaps the one surprise of this album is that Diana Ross is listed as a co-songwriter on 9 of the 13 tracks. I’ve always found Diana to very much be an expression of the songs she sings. One reason why this album works well is because Diana’s passion comes through loud and clear.
Not sue how many more studio albums we will get from Diana Ross. If Thank You is her swan song, she is going out on top.
I adore this record.