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New, different, funky!
on September 2, 2004
I've been a Lionel Richie fan forever. Maybe I just like everything he does. I don't get the complaints from people. Jeeze... artist need to change, explore their range and try to gather new fans. They can't survive on old fans alone.
Some of this album (the first four tracks) is classic Lionel Richie ("Just For You", "I Still Believe", "Long Way To Go", "Just To Be With You Again").
"Heaven" would be his classic old self but for the odd percussion, although I still like it.
"She's Amazing" has a reggae feel to it. Upbeat with a nice rhythm.
"Ball And Chain" has folk guitar through quite a bit. I was enjoying it until he went to a rock feel for 20 seconds of the song. It is totally out of place in the scheme of the rest of the song. Oh well, 20 seconds that I don't like isn't going to keep me from listening to the track.
"Time Of Our Life" is a typical ballad..... probably my least favorite track. It's a little slow and boring, especially at 5 minutes long.
"Outrageous" is funky. good beat, nice flow. Not at all what you are used to from him, but I like it.
"Road To Heaven" is a strange mix. It's a ballad with the lyrics, has an "old Motown" feel in the beginning, throws a bit of country sounding guitar in the middle, then goes back to Motown? Not a bad song. I won't hit the skip button, but not great song.
"Do Ya" is surprisingly one of my favorite songs on this album. (Yes, I'm over 40 so they are still albums to me :P ) I would have sworn this duet was with Stevie Wonder, but it is Daniel Bedingfield? Think Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine" crossed with Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder's "Ebony and Ivory" Love It! But it is seriously not what you would expect (or want, maybe) from Lionel Richie.
"In My Dreams" has very repetitive background vocals and at almost 5 minuets in length, it gets old pretty quick. Not a bad song, but too long IMHO.
"One World" is a song with a message. Think "We Are The World" but not as over produced. Nice!
I'm certainly not sorry I bought this one. I like almost everything on it. I like that Lionel Richie can still surprise me.