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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - Like a Picasso: Expanded Edition
Artist - Bonnie Pointer

For those not in the know, following five releases with her sisters on ABC/Blue Thumb Records (including a Grammy® win in 1975 for the Bonnie and Anita Pointer penned “Fairytale”), Bonnie Pointer left the group she co-founded and began a solo career.

She signed with Motown Records in 1978, and her eponymous debut featured the hit “Heaven Must Have Sent You,” which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The next year brought another self-titled released, and a third album came five years later. Bonnie appeared on Soul Train in 1985, but it would be decades before she would release more music.

After being approached by songwriters/producers Lloyd Poe and Robin Taylor to record a demo for a new Taylor Poe composition, “Answered Prayer,” Bonnie agreed and brought in sister Anita to sing background vocals with her.

The 2008 session laid the foundation that resulted in an entire album’s worth of recordings using Taylor Poe’s extensive catalog of material.

Originally issued in 2011, Like A Picasso was released by Poe and Taylor on the Platinum Trini Entertainment label, although a lack of funding and promotion limited its chances in the marketplace.

Flash forward another decade, and Like A Picasso will receive an overdue worldwide release for the marketplace, on April 8th, 2022 via Omnivore Recordings, on CD and Digital.

1. LIKE A PICASSO
2. HIDE
3. GENIUS OF MY HEART
4. ANSWERED PRAYER
5. STRANGEST DAY
6. YOU WILL (Steel Guitar Version)*
7. YOU AIN’T WORTH IT
8. LONG AGO
9. HEY HARLEY
10. DESIRE
11. I DON’T EXPECT A ROSE
12. HE DON’T LIKE LOVE
13. GHOST OF I-95
14. LIKE A PICASSO (Breakdown Mix)* [Bonus Track]
15. LIKE A PICASSO (Radio Mix)* [Bonus Track]
16. YOU WILL (Original Version) [Bonus Track]

* Previously unissued

On what is a genuine musical masterpiece from start to finish, as one would have fully expected, of course, on Like a Picasso allowed the lushly-vocal Bonnie Pointer re-emerge as a kind of contemporary singer-songwriter; and one who never missed a single beat on this excellent album.

Opening on the synth-drizzled title track itself LIKE A PICASSO and the pulsating HIDE, she follows those up seamlessly with the luscious affair of GENIUS OF MY HEART, the mid-tempo balladry of ANSWERED PRAYER, the free-flowing melodies of STRANGEST DAY, and then we get the acoustically-imbibed YOU WILL (Steel Guitar Version) and the powerful YOU AIN’T WORTH IT.

While somewhat reminiscent of the then-surprising acoustic guitars on her first solo album (mind you, this was 1978 and decades before a gorgeous India Arie hit the charts), the songs are meaningful, un-disco-ish and Bonnie’s voice is as soulful as it ever was.

Up next is the languishing beauty of LONG AGO and the countrified storytelling of HEY HARLEY and they are in turn backed by the rocker DESIRE, the Tina Turner-esque AOR of I DON’T EXPECT A ROSE, and the original album rounds out with the jaunty AOR of HE DON’T LIKE LOVE, closing on the troubadour-imbibed rhythms of GHOST OF I-95.

These thirteen songs from the original recording are now augmented by three tracks (two previously unissued) in the shape of a funky LIKE A PICASSO (Breakdown and Radio Mixes) and a beautiful YOU WILL (Original Version).

The artwork has also been updated, the music remastered, and the packaging contains new liner notes from Scott Schinder, featuring conversations with Poe and Taylor, telling the story of how the material came about, and why it deserves another shot.

Bonnie Pointer passed away in 2020, so sadly she is no longer with us to experience the joy of Like A Picasso’s return. It’s the worldwide release from a genuine R&B icon. That icon is Bonnie Pointer.

Official Purchase Link

www.omnivorerecordings.com





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