Her fourth album, New World [first released in 1988], was originally released on Gold Castle, and is now available on the Valley Entertainment label. Karla began to tour in Japan, where audiences fell in love with her, and where she became a very successful artist - and continues to be to this day. There's been work in film - she and J.D. Souther wrote songs for the motion picture "About Last Night." She is also the voice on the Tom Snow/ Dean Pitchford song from "Footloose" called "Somebody's Eyes." In 1994, Karla had a top-ten AC hit single with a song from the film "8 Seconds," called "Standing Right Next to Me." This track was produced by the legendary Keith Thomas (a longtime fan of Karla's) and written with her old partner, Wendy Waldman. Throughout the years, Karla has continued to do what she does best. She's toured with Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, J.D. Souther and others, building up a passionate audience, resulting in sold-out houses everywhere. In 1990, strange things began to happen in Karla's life. Her career came full circle. She wrote three songs which wound up on her old friend Linda Ronstadt's album "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind." "All My Life," a duet with Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, won the GRAMMY for Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. People magazine ranked "All My Life" as one of the top 5 most popular wedding songs.
Several years after his last solo album, the former voice of Chicago is still searching for material that can live up to the songs he sang in his heyday. Here, he actually scores best in that quest by adding extra edge and zip to the old Beatles number "It's Only Love," and he seems very earnest on slightly more generic sentiments like "Rain Love," "Just Like Love," and "Feels Like Rain." "Only Heaven Knows" features a trip-hoppy ambience in its verses that sets it apart, which is undermined slightly by the bland sentiments and power pop attitude of the chorus. Peter Cetera has always sounded awesome surrounded by a full horn section, but producer Michael Omartian only puts these to good use on the bluesy opener "Perfect World." That tune sounds closest to old Chicago (well, maybe David Foster-ized Chicago), and thus it's one of the most engaging tracks here. While this won't prompt his fans to toss aside even his previous solo efforts, Cetera convincingly proves, at age 56, that he's still got a great voice and can still play a vital role in adult contemporary music. 2b1af7f3a8