Like many American women my age, I have a passion for the phenomenon that was Dirty Dancing. The style, the music and, of course, the dancing were all extremely influential on me and my fellow Catholic school girlfriends. We danced in the aisles of the movie theatre and recited the dialogue at countless slumber parties.
One sunny day this spring I was driving along and heard a pop-style R&B version of Patrick Swayze's "She's Like The Wind" blasting through my speakers! I rolled the window down and reminisced about summers of my youth. The cover, by Lumidee, who you may remember from last year's summer jam "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)," is performed alongside Tony Sunshine. They both do a great job channeling the spirit of Johnny and Baby, and, while it includes several new rap sections, it's impossible to not sing along. I admit that I struggled for a minute with my instinct to love the song, thinking most young people who hear this won't even know that it's a cover. Realizing this way of thinking made me sound like an old timer, I went on to spread the word about this perfect summer jam.
Because I was so sold on the first single, I was excited to hear the entire album, but found it empty. Let's be real, it doesn't speak highly of a studio album when the best song on it is a cover. This is the epitome of what can be bad about commercial radio. It sounds like the producers randomly reached into a grab bag of what works in pop music: hot young woman, guest stars like Snoop Dogg and Shaggy, dependable, safe dance beats and overly produced and altered vocals. It has no artistic integrity and feels soulless, ironic for an R&B album. In the song, "In It For The Money," she goes on about how her main motivation is - yep, you guessed it! - Money. In the spirit of valuing your own dollars, take yours and invest them in real, original talent like Lil' Mama.