Title - ‘Summer Number Seventeen’ (Legacy)
Artist - Ronnie Mislap
Before winning six Grammy Awards and placing 40 singles atop the country charts, Ronnie Milsap was an all-American boy, discovering his potential as a musician while growing up and having fun like so many other teens in North Carolina. Milsap's new album, Summer Number Seventeen is a tribute to those golden years as only he could tell it - through song.
The album kicks off with the title track, a smooth upbeat ballad that drifts effortlessly along on a piano bass line, before heading into the age-old swaying beauty that is ‘It’s All In The Game’ and the jazzy pop roll of ‘Personality.’ The world-renowned ‘Tears On My Pillow’ comes next, and is followed by both ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ (one of my all-time favorites, and the stand-out song here on this new album!) and a never-sways-from-the-original-too-much ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New.’
Up next are two incredible renditions of songs that you either nail or miss badly (Ronnie nails them both, of course!) First is ‘Mack The Knife,’ the second is ‘Mustang Sally’ (another all-time fav song of mine, of course). Along for the musical ride next is ‘Georgia On My Mind,’ a cut that he definitely makes his own. Milsap brings the incredibly balanced album to a close with a softly sung ‘I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You),’ the stunningly-strong duet ‘Make Up,’ and the gentle ‘Lost In The Fifties Tonight.’
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk