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December 16, 2008

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  Song Title
Talk To Me
Perfect Love Affair
Whatever It Takes
Soul Inspiration
No One To Blame
More Than You Know
Love You To The Letter
Fairy Tales

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  • Original Release Date: June 12, 1990
  • Release Date: June 12, 1990
  • Label: Rhino/Elektra
  • Copyright: 1990 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Total Length: 50:33
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  • ASIN: B001OB09BE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,752 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic singer, classic album April 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Everyone knows Anita's hits from her breakthrough release, "Rapture" and its successor, "Giving You the Best That I Got" had to be under a rock in the mid-to-late 80's to not hear "Sweet Love," "Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)" and "Giving You the Best That I Got" played on the radio in regular rotation (those were the days when adult artists still got airplay and cracked the Top 40...and in Baker's case, the Top Ten). But "Compositions," Anita's fourth album, is her true work of art.
As the title suggests, Anita contributed to the writing of most of the album, even penning one tune solo. The result is some of the most well-measured material in her career. You'd be hard-pressed to find a song better suited to Baker's voice than "Talk to Me," a warm ballad that could either be from friend to friend or lover to lover. The same can be said for "Perfect Love Affair" and "No One to Blame," songs that, instead of sounding like leftovers from "Rapture," manage to further mine Anita's definitive style, coming off as instant classics.
Baker's forays into jazz were always frequent ("Rapture"'s "Been So Long" and "Giving You the Best"'s "Good Enough" have always been considered among her best) but "Love You to the Letter" and "Lonely" (the latter of which is Anita's solo composition) take her over the edge into full Swing Diva mode. Somewhere between Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, Anita finds her own jazz voice and makes you wonder what sort of magic she'd conjure up on an album of standards.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars baker's compositions are timeless. February 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
on this, her fourth album, anita baker continues to give us the best that she's got. though _compositions_ contains fewer breakaway masterpieces, baker's songwriting and vocals are as flawless as ever. acheiving popularity during the height of 1980s fascination with quiet storm, baker remains a much-respected fixture in the music industry, and is almost single-handedly responsible for perserving rhythm and blues in its truest form. the fact that baker is actually in the studio with the musicians, coupled with the powerhouse back-up vocals of perrí, make for extraordinary listening. baker's songs speak of love in a way that is far too seldomly done, nowadays. "fairy tales" the album's crowning glory, though dealing with the pain of heartbreak, takes us back to a time when love invoked romance before sex. baker's voice is at it's best as it soars and sails over the metaphorical lyrics, making the listener hungry, already, for her next release.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I need a Baker! December 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If Anita Baker ever looked at the customer reviews of her work in, I'm sure she would find it a heartening experience. Her fourth album COMPOSITIONS was not generally well received by critics in its day. It lacked an obvious hit single like "Sweet Love" or "Giving You the Best that I've Got." In fact, these songs, most of which were co-written by Anita herself, were cooler and jazzier than her 80s efforts (I know that may scarcely seem possible, but, as she proves here, it is). There is a kind of languor about this material that some, on first hearing, took for torpor. It requires a few re-hearings to hear what Anita and band were really up to--and there is good stuff here, to be sure.
Typical of the critical reaction is J.D. Considine's dismissive remarks in THE ROLLING STONE ALBUM GUIDE (" album so devoid of cogent songwriting that one wonders if the title wasn't meant ironically"). I think Considine was being way too glib--aside from being plain old unfair--but I can see how one can have some initial doubts about this album. Upon first hearing it, I found the "compositions" a little amorphous too, but there was something about that forced me to give it repeated listenings and I found my opinion considerably altered by the third or fourth time. Anita's quiet storm gradually gained strength, and now I consider this album among her best.
Anita Baker is a singer who has carved out her turf. You could say that she has her limitations (what singer doesn't?). "Lonely," which she penned herself, is about as uptempo as she gets. You're not going to find funk here. Everything else is mid-tempo jazz-inflected soul. Arrangements are expansive and leisurely (no track clocks in at less than four and half minutes).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy & Mellow!!! June 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Anita Baker's most complex works. Most of the songs were written by Anita in collaboration with other accomplished songwriters.

Some of the highlights include the richly intricate "Talk To Me". Next there's the most mellow "Perfect Love Affair" with Anita's velvety vocal. "Soul Inspiration", with a dazzling arrangement and Anita's full-bodied vocal, is a shining star! "Lonely" is fascinating with its varied tempos and Anita's sultry vocal. She builds this one to a red-hot frenzy! The piano solo is a cooker as well. Then there's "No One To Blame" with its bluesy atmosphere and raw emotion. The finale "Fairy Tales" weaves a lyrical story complete with a fine arrangement as Anita's vocal builds along with this tale. Kudos to Greg Phillinganes on the piano solo at the end. It is hot!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
I am a fan but this not one of her best, still want to own it. I would still buy this even knowing it was not her best.
Published 15 days ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Anita!!
This album is nice!! I only bought the album for the single "Fairy Tales" but the entire project is nice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ThatGirlT
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Her
i am trying to collect all of her music. she is better than fantastic. i could listen to her music all day and all night.
Published 3 months ago by herroyalflyyness
5.0 out of 5 stars love anita
we need more of anita baker she is just the best and this
cd has some of her best songs on it....get it...
Published 4 months ago by moses
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music !!!
Anita Baker is a legend. This CD has some of her older songs which I was able to relate to, so turn up the volume and just sit back and listen!!
Published 8 months ago by bmgecan
4.0 out of 5 stars Anita Baker
It was a cd I wanted for my collection. I've always enjoyed music by Anita Baker, and I thank for having access to the music I need.
Published 11 months ago by Cassandra Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Anita Baker is timeless. This CD is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago. IF you love Anita Baker, you will love this CD!
Published 11 months ago by Johanna Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita
It is always nice to be able to download and entire CD immediately after purchasing - and I enjoy her music immensely.
Published 16 months ago by Solael
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Baker is the diva of the 80's and 90's
I love listening to this CD because it's one of her best and it brings back memories. It's a blend of jazz and R&B. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 16 months ago by docsharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service !!
Thanks for the Great Service !! This is one of my all time favorite singers !! & the price was Great ! THANKS AGAIN
Published 23 months ago by Meri
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