It would be easy to talk about Dionne Warwick only in terms of her work with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. As the muse-in-residence of the songwriting duo, Warwick's voice high-reaching, nimble, a little bit soulful was the perfect vessel for songs of hope and heartbreak such as "Don't Make Me Over" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart." (And the 1964 single "Walk On By" remains the zenith of pop-orchestral production, with Warwick making the song's desperation audible.) Her work in the mid-'70s and early '80s didn't match the heights of her Bacharach and David hits, but she found other apt collaborators in the Spinners (with whom she recorded with the disco-lite gem "Then Came You") and Barry Gibb, who penned the glamorous pop hit "Heartbreaker." No matter the era, Warwick has plenty to choose from during her career-retrospective show at the Sheldon.
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