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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.
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  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. Make Do With What You Got is proof he still has the mojo to deliver the goods.
  4. Make Do With What You Got proves that Burke... is in the midst of more than a one-album comeback.
  5. 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]
  6. Make Do With What You Got sounds like an overly anxious attempt to re-create the sound of vintage R&B sides that gets the surfaces right but never quite captures the heart and soul of the music.
  7. Takes him out of the bedroom and into the bar room and, as a result, it's a much drearier affair. [Apr 2005, p.120]

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  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. Collapse