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by Daniel Garrett
On The Best of Anita Baker, the singer goes from singing that “love like ours is heaven sent, each day a day to remember” in the song “Angel” to singing “you should have heard the way he shouted and the way that I screamed” in “I Apologize,” a movement from a romanticism that is positively adolescent to a mature realism. Baker, a singer whose tones suggest the melding of jazz, gospel, and the calmer speech-song of popular music singing, is ...read more