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  • Summary: The singer tackles songs penned by the likes of Bob Dyland and Van Morrison on this Don Was-produced disc.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This is late-night listening that pulses with pain.
  2. Don Was' appreciative arrangements leave room for the big man's vocal majesty. [11 Mar 2005, p.104]
  3. The marriage of material and performance maintains high consistency and purpose.
  4. 70
    I know which post-millennial album I'll add to the Atlantic, Bell and gospel classics. [Apr 2005, p.96]
  5. What the new Make Do With What You Got lacks in surprise, it makes up for in other areas.
  6. 70
    There's a lurking suspicion of contrivance here, as opposed to the spontaneity that characterised Don't Give Up On Me. [Apr 2005, p.102]
  7. Nearly the entire record sounds too polished, too clean.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 1, 2005
    6
    Burke's singing is wonderful, but Don Was' production sounds canned and over-glossed. A shame, since the material's not bad Burke's singing is wonderful, but Don Was' production sounds canned and over-glossed. A shame, since the material's not bad and Burke's last album was such a welcome surprise. Expand