November 24, 2021 Diana Ross – Thank You (Album Review)
Rising to fame as the lead voice for Motown hitmakers The Supremes, the legendary Diana Ross is back with her new solo album Thank You on November 5, 2021 through Decca Records / Universal Music Group.
Marking Ross’ first studio album since 2006’s I Love You, and her first original material since 1999’s Every Day Is a New Day, it also her 25th overall solo release. An exciting time for dedicated fans, Thank You also comes a year after the release of the well-received remix album Supertonic. Consisting of 13 new songs, lasting almost 50-minutes, Thank You was written during COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and recorded in Ross’s home studio. Furthermore, Ross worked with a slew of talent led by Jack Antonoff (who has written with the likes of Taylor Swift). All this in mind, let us dive right into this early holiday gift of music.
Filled with beautiful melodies that will warm your heart, Ross guides you through each of the songs and gradually replace any worries, sorrow and tension you might be feeling during these uncertain times with love, gratitude and peace of mind. It all starts with the title-track which is both catchy as it is drenched with smooth flowing positive vibes. Then there is heavy dance beat of “If The World Just Danced” and “Let’s Do It” which are off set by the mellow “All Is Well,” thoughtful “In Your Heart,” and shape-shifting “I Still Believe” which starts out slow, but quickly transforming into another dancer.
Mixing up the mood throughout the album, “Just In Case” is another noteworthy slow, emotional song and “The Answer’s Always Love” is a beautifully produced piece well worth listening to closely to soak up each word sung by Ross. Later on there is loungy bedtime story vibe of “Count On Me,” the energetic “Tomorrow,” and sultry “Beautiful Love.” Which leads us to “Time To Call,” where the lyrics strike you close to the heart, and the album closer “Come Together” which sums up all the emotions of Thank You flawlessly.
’Tis the season of love and joy… especially with this wonderful new album from Diana Ross. Overall, Thank You is a pleasant surprise filled with timeless music that can be listened to everywhere and at any anytime. In truth Diane Ross’ legacy as an artist is already set and offering of new music would not change it in the least. However, she has manages to add to that legacy with a classy, well put together collection of songs. That is why Cryptic Rock gives Thank You 5 out of 5 stars.