The ironic thing about the title of Darlene Love’s latest album is that the acclaimed vocalist needs no introduction. Over the course of a career that’s spanned parts of seven decades, the 77-year-old Love — a 2010 inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — has impressed as a member of The Blossoms, The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans and as a solo performer.
“Introducing Darlene Love” is a 14-track, 63-minute collection of tunes – both new and classic — from an all-star cast of songwriters that includes Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Webb, Michael Des Barres, Desmond Child and Joan Jett, and Linda Perry.
Love is in fine form throughout — and producer Van Zandt deserves credit for putting her in a position to shine — and shows that she has plenty of gas left in the tank. Among the entries here are “Among the Believers,” “Forbidden Nights,” Still Too Soon to Know” (a duet with Bill Medley), “Night Closing In,” “Just Another Lonely Mile,” “River Deep, Mountain High” and set closer “Jesus Is the Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin’).” This is a late-career gem from one of the all-time greats. (Jeffrey Sisk)