Monday, June 17, 2024

(Listen) Diane Warren’s “Cave Sessions” is a Rogue’s Gallery of Hits from Superstars, Vets, and Hot Newcomers


Diane Warren wrote all these songs. And they are all hits. “The Cave Sessions” is a rogue’s gallery of hits from superstars, vets, and hot newcomers. They’re in English, they’re in Spanish. They have hooks that will get stuck in your head right now. Rita Ora– “Seaside” and LP– “Domino” — are my lead offs. But then you start to dig in and hear all these melodies and cool turns of phrase. Maren Morris, Ty Dolla Sign, Celine Dion, John Legend all in one space? Celine– this “Superwoman” reminds me of her Jim Brickman song, “It’s All Coming Back to Me” — which is great because Warren gives her some BITE. John Legend– finally singing a great song after a long stretch of being stuck in the mud. LP– a she? a they? a them? “Domino” is radio ready. And Rita Ora and Sofia Reyes know when they’re singing it that “Seaside” is a radio smash.

Press play, kids.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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