Betty Wright has released her first album in a decade. Famous for hits like “Clean Up Woman” and “Dance With Me,” she has returned with The Roots as her band to record Betty Wright: The Movie. “You don’t just hear these songs — you can see the scenarios,” Wright told NPR’s Jacki Lyden on All Things Considered.
“I believe in legacy. And I believe in making the radio sound better. If I gotta listen to it, I want it to sound good. So I’m tired of people disturbing the peace, getting on the radio and sounding a hot mess. If I can tell what the note really is, why let them go to the note they think it is? I’ve got that mama vibe. I don’t look at it with an ego.”
Betty’s voice is better than ever and The Roots are the perfect fit for her, matching vintage soul grooves with a twist of contemporary style. The opening song “Old Songs” sets the stage for a tight record. “In the Middle of the Game (Don’t Change the Play)” is another excellent cut showcasing Wright’s vocals. “Baby Come Back” (feat. Lenny Williams) drops a nasty groove and impresses among a set of fine songs.