Pop CD: Aaliyah, I Care 4 U


Subtitled The Definitive Aaliyah Collection, this 16-song bits-and-bobs set is more an interim measure until someone has a proper sort through the R&B singer's catalogue.

It's a sizeable job: although she was just 22 when she died in 2001, she had been recording since being discovered by R Kelly at age 14. (Speaking of which, why isn't the sultry early hit Age Ain't Nothing But a Number included here?)

This being the case, the main attraction for fans won't be the 10 randomly chosen hits and B-sides, but six new songs completed during summer 2001. Nadir of the new stuff is single Miss You, a retrograde step best left to the third member of Destiny's Child.

None of the rest comes close to her best, although Don't Worry and the improvised final bars of Come Over show just how effortless a soul vocalist she was, and point to what might have been.


Caroline Sullivan

The GuardianTramp

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