Dionne Warwick doesn’t mind doing some looking back on She’s Back, her first new studio album in five years.
The 15-song set, due out May 17, includes new recordings of her hits “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and 1979’s “Deja Vu” — the latter featuring a guest appearance by Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and premiering exclusively below. The connection came via producer Damon Elliott, Warwick’s son, who helmed She’s Back. “Damon worked with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony many, many years ago, and of course they stayed in touch,” Warwick tells Billboard. “As it turned out, Krayzie told me (‘Deja Vu’) happens to be one of his favorite songs I ever recorded, and that he had already done a rap to it. When I heard what he’d done I said I loved it. I said it’s wonderful. So we included it on this CD. It’s keeping Dionne Warwick current.”
Warwick says she waded into She’s Back — which comes packaged with her Dionne Sings Dionne hits album — at the request of fans. “It’s always nice to have a product that people can listen to, but it’s not a prerequisite of mine at all,” she notes. “People have been asking me when I was going to be putting out new music and that they need to hear from me and kept on and on and on and on. Finally Damon decided the same thing, that it’s time for me to get back in the studio and get some music out there. So to quell everybody’s curiosity and everything else, she’s back!”
Other guests on She’s Back include Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Brian McKnight (“Forever In My Heart”) and Musiq Soulchild, who Warwick first met when they were in the studio to record “Am I Dreaming?” for the album. The set also features a cover of the Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes.” Having her 1965 signature hit “What the World Needs Love is Now” on She’s Back, meanwhile, has special meaning for Warwick as well.
“That’s something I feel everyone should be singing at this point in time,” she explains. “We’re living in a chaotic time and we need love — we desperately need it. I don’t like what’s going on with my country or what’s going on around the world; Nobody cares about anybody anymore or seems to want a care. It’s like the ’60s; It doesn’t make sense, so we’ve got to get a grip. So I hope people start paying attention to those words again, because we need it.”