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Lalah Hathaway

Lalah HathawayAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Somethin' 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Heaven Knows 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Baby Don't Cry 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Smile 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. U-Godit Gowin On 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I'm Coming Back 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Stay Home Tonight 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Gotta Move On 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sentimental 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Obvious 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00000DR6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shining debut from a promising young vocalist December 13, 1998
Format:Audio CD
It never hurts to have music in your genes, and as the daughter of late soul singer Donny Hathaway, Lalah's got plenty. But don't expect another mediocre young hopeful riding her family's coattails. Lalah Hathaway possesses a rich and distinctive voice brimming with warmth. And the ten songs on this noteworthy debut show it in all its glory.
Lalah is at her best with midtempo, jazz-tinged material. "It's Something," "Smile," and "Stay Home Tonight" are all sunny soul numbers with lush chords, easygoing beats and various members of the jazz outfit Yellowjackets thrown in for good measure. On numbers like these and her hit single, "Heaven Knows," the warmth and richness of Lalah's voice is undeniable. She can also belt out an R&B ballad with the best of them, and does so with glorious results on the Angela Winbush-penned and produced "Baby Don't Cry," a single that should have soared to higher reaches on the charts; this song features one of Lalah's best vocals to date.
When she decides to sound more modern on a handful of hip-hop inspired material, the results are almost as good. Chuckii Booker's complex chords suit her well on "Sentimental," but material like "Obvious" and "U Godit Gowin On" doesn't play to her strengths as well. Still, even when handed a mediocre tune Lalah manages to sing the hell out of it. And when a song is worthy of her talents, like the longing ballad "I'm Coming Back," it's clear that she's one of the most talented vocalists of her generation.
Since this landmark debut Lalah has gone on to release a wonderful sophomore effort ("A Moment") and appear on countless jazz albums (Grover Washington Jr., Art Porter, Gerald Albright, and Marcus Miller are among the artists to call on her talents for their own albums). When only singing one song on someone else's project, though, she makes you long for more of that voice...which is just one reason "Lalah Hathaway" is a must-have.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lalah Hathaway Shines March 16, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Vocalist Lalah Hathaway shines on her 1990 debut CD.Standout cuts include the Jazz ladden "Somethin'", the funk filled first single "Heaven Knows", the Angela Winbush produced "Baby Dont Cry".Lalah's vocals really come alive on the sassy "You Got It Going On". "Smile", reminds one of the early Rufus and Chaka Khan days (this track was produced by former Rufus member Andre Fisher). Lalah successfully attempts a remake of Vesta Williams' "I'm Coming Back".It unfortunate that Lalah has never received her props with this CD and her 1994 "A Moment" CD. Sadly, another case of a talented singer being overlooked in a world of skinny, half dressed video models who have no singing talent whatsoever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lalah Hathaway September 6, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I feel in love with this cd the moment I heard it. She is one of the best unknown talents around. I'm a radio DJ and whenever I play "Heaven Knows" people call in and ask if she's a new singer. I tell them "nope, she's been around for awhile" Favorite cuts: Stay Home Tonight, I'm Coming Back, Baby, Don't Cry and of course Heaven Knows. I heard she recently sign with a record company, if so I can't wait for her new album. If you don't own this one, you're truly missing a royal treat!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Debut! July 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Following in the footsteps of a musical genius who just happens to be your father is the worst fate cast upon many young musicians. But with a debut as good as this, the late Donny Hathaway's daughter proves that she is more than capable of picking up where her brilliant father left off. Now, in all fairness, Lalah and Donny are two distinctly different artists, but comparisons are inevitable since they both possess rich, full bodied, passionate and devastatingly expressive voices. The similarities in thier voices are simply uncanny, and pop music is blessed by thier presence. With the exception of the two uptempo dance-flavored numbers that close this LP ( the reason I couldn't give it 5 stars ), every track here is outstanding! The opener 'Something' is an easy paced ballad highlighted by a superb sax solo. The hit singles, the buoyant 'Heaven Knows' and 'Baby Don't Cry' (the remix produced by Angela Winbush is much livelier than the version presented here) are both joyful declarations of womanly love that never sound too teeny-boppish or trite. My personal favorite is the flawless 'Smile' which presents Lalah in her natural element; singing in front of a live band. The richness of the playing, Ms. Hathaway's perfect vocals, elegant back up singing and a Stevie Wonder-ish melody and arrangement lend the song it's highbrow, jazzy feel. In short, it's simply a breathtaking piece of music that will stick in your mind once you hear it. The LP is worth owning for that song alone, but other notable highlights are the dramatic, yearning 'I'm Coming Back' (pristine production, and the most powerful phrasing of Lalah's career) 'Stay Home Tonight' ( sort of a sonic "cousin" to 'Smile') and the tear-inducing 'I've Gotta Move On', I dare you to be dry-eyed after it's over. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Somethin'!! October 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I saw Lalah live a couple of months ago for the second time. The difference was, I was only a few feet away from her and the stage. What makes a great singer is her ability to make songs flow effortlessly. It's the reason us mere non-singers/fans think we can do it in the mirror utilizing a comb, brush or pencil as a microphone. Lalah's approaches to these songs is done with such authority, confidence and sophistication; but not so out of reach that her sound is too haughty. It's honest, hungry, deep, seductive and lush. I don't have her newest cd, but this one is one I can vouch for and it has a dear place in my must have music list. She evokes a similiar tone and approach to her father, yet she remains true to her own voice. The production is tight and almost every cut is perfect! "Your Smile" is my favorite cut. The lyrical content, music and production represent the best of what good music should be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
She's good
Published 17 days ago by Gregory Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I had this as a cassette tape. I gave it to a friend. It is so nice to be able to have a second chance to enjoy it!
Published 2 months ago by Caligal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great! :-)
Published 3 months ago by Sven Böhlin
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Lalah Hathaway at early best. This album has so many great songs and the vocals are amazing. Buy this album.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of an Angel

One of my favorite female vocalists....

If you've hadn't had the pleasure of seeing her in live and in living color....then treat yourself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deborah Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars great singer
I have been trying to find out who sang my jam "baby baby don't cry" and when I finally saw her name on my satellite radio station,I ordered the cd as soon as got in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by CLW
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
She is a very talented artist with a very soothing voice. She is one of my favorite performers of all time.
Published 7 months ago by Ken Titus
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I had this cassette tape the year it came out. My youngest daughter was barely one year old and couldn't talk very clearly at all, but she could sing the some of songs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Monica Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First CD
I love her first CD. The richness of her voice is just pleasant to listen to. She's one of the most underrated singers around.
Published 8 months ago by Steven Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars By Far The Best!
This is one of the BEST CD EVER MADE! I love ALL of the songs, the lyrics & the music! It is is MUST-HAVE!!!!
Published 12 months ago by MARSHA A BENTON
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