December 14, 1973
â€œBette Midlerâ€ (Atlantic records). The Divine Miss M has come down to earth on this her second album. I found the first side mostly dull as she does slow versions of â€œ Skylark,â€ â€œDrinking Againâ€ and â€œ Surabaya Johnny.â€ The way she does Bob Dylanâ€™s â€œ I Shall Be Releasedâ€ seemed in bad taste.
With fairly good versions of â€œLullaby of Broadwayâ€ and â€œUptown/Da Doo Run Run,â€ side two is better, but still not equal to the quality of her first album, â€œ The Divine Miss M.â€ Miss Midler tends to be a bit too theatrical at times and many of those unfortunate moments can be found in this album.