You're the Best [Expanded Edition]

by: Keni Burke

Keni Burke is the youngest of the original Five Stairsteps and the only one still seriously involved in music. You're the Best, a fine effort, never reached first base. RCA pushed "Let Somebody Love You" and the title track, but neglected tracks like the chugging, stop-and-go "Night Riders," pumped by spirited backing vocals, and "Gotta Find My Way Back to Your Heart," a dramatic ballad that Burke composed with Bill Withers. "Never Stop Loving Me," a Burke/Curtis Mayfield composition, has the same texture and sweetness of a Mayfield solo, while "Paintings of Love" is pure, unbridled Burke, sung in a soft, introspective voice that gels with the poetic lyrics. ~ Andrew Hamilton

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