Melinda Doolittle: Coming Back to You 

You want it to be good, because she's so damn likeable. Unfortunately for former "American Idol" contender Melinda Doolittle, her debut album is only listenable. There are a few attention-grabbing cuts ripe for urban AC, like the cover of Aretha's "Wonderful" and several faux "oldies" R&B cuts that may result in an older following for the charming Doolittle. Still, producer Mike Mangini has sadly provided Doolittle an album 20 years her senior, the milquetoast CD of a comeback veteran. It's most apparent on the Doris Day cut "I'll Never Stop Loving You," where the sweeping, saccharine strings threaten to impose a listener pandemic of diabetic comas. "Wonder Why" and "We Will Find a Way" try, but join a pantheon of calculated songs that attempt to serve as standards yet fail to rise to the occasion, foiling Doolittle's considerable talents once again. 2 stars.


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