Poor Vanessa Williams. Her albums are becoming the perfect score for the downward elevator ride her career is taking. Every subsequent release sounds fainter and smoother, her frail soprano coasting just below the mix. Everlasting Love is a slow-jammed affair of sweet clichés, soft extended jazz flute interludes, Spanish guitars and whispering snares behind Rod Stewart's words. It all tends to melt into itself until a track ends, when silence serves as the only indication that the song is over and another is about to begin. Producer Rob Mathes aimed for relaxing but went overboard, creating a disc as innocuous as a Mr. Burns back rub.