Rolling Stone Revisits Luther’s Iconic Performance Of ‘A House Is Not A Home’
Rolling Stone has taken a look back at Luther’s iconic performance of “A House Is Not A Home” at the NAACP Image Awards in tribute to Dionne Warwick.
“It’s remarkable the way Vandross is able to change the structure of a familiar song. He’s such an adept singer he can insert wildly long ad-libs — ‘goodnight’ becomes ‘goodnight, good morning, good afternoon, hello, bye-bye baby, yeah yeah yeah’ — and still find his way back to the beat. His voice is flexible enough to splinter a single ‘no’ into six or eight parts and transform ‘love’ into a colorful spray of falsetto. Many singers today have only worked on their high notes, but Vandross is equally impressive on the low end of his register, scraping the bottom in the line ‘even when there’s nothing there but gloom’ to emphasize his devastation.”
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