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My Everything

Anita BakerAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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With her classy, refined brand of romantic soul, Anita Baker was one of the definitive quiet storm singers of the '80s. Gifted with a strong, supple alto, Baker was influenced not only by R&B, but jazz, gospel, and traditional pop, which gave her music a distinctly adult sophistication. Smooth and mellow, but hardly lifeless, it made her one of the most popular romantic singers of her ... Read more in Amazon's Anita Baker Store

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  • Audio CD (September 7, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0002QF2MS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're My Everything
2. How Could You
3. In My Heart
4. Serious
5. How Does It Feel
6. Like You Used To Do
7. Close Your Eyes
8. You're My Everything Revisited
9. I Can't Sleep
10. Men In My Life

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In an era of fast-food divas and ready-made starlets, finding the genuine article is often as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. Anita Baker could not have picked a better time for her return to music. After a decade-long hiatus, the soulful songstress returns with her eagerly anticipated Blue Note debut, My Everything.

The 10-track disc doesn't disappoint. Lush, emotive, and gorgeous are a few words that come to mind when listening to the Toledo, OH native's album. Lead single "You're My Everything" opens the album with an infectiously smooth groove that reminiscent of her classics. The album also includes "You're My Everything Revisited," a jazzy interpolation of the aforementioned single. Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds joins Baker on "Like You Used to Do." The ballad, with its warm electric guitar-accented backdrop, evokes a classic R&B sound without dating itself. Other standouts include "I Can't Sleep," and the heavenly "Close Your Eyes."

If the album had any real flaws, it's that Baker's serene sound rarely wavers. Still, "My Everything" could serve as a tutorial to aspiring R&B singers on what it means to deliver music with style, class, and true artistry. --Rashaun Hall

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The acclaimed vocalist's first studio release in ten years. Highlights include the first single & title track 'My Everything', a duet with Babyface, & her touching tribute to her husband & two sons 'The Men In My Life'.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I know I was hooked? September 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
1. I didn't "download" this CD from itunes or anyplace else. I paid full price. I have not purchased a music CD that has not been downloaded in 3 years.

2. I started playing songs on it over and over again. The "My Everything" cut and the "My Everything-revisited" are my favs.

3. I read everything I could before the CD came out because I wanted to know the story behind the CD.

i'm 38 and hiphop is still my favorite genre of music primarily because of the beats. For so many years we have been getting this watered down R&B (exculding Ms Alica Keys and Ms. Jill Scott). I was getting plain sick of the more Luther, Sade is too infrequent with her releases. Will Downing has changed so much I don't know his music anymore. Toni Braxton seems to have fallen off the side of the earth in terms of musical direction.

Its soooo nice to have you back Anita. Your music really does fill such a large void out there. So nice...
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soul Kiss September 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Truth be known I had anxiously awaited Anita's new disc for quite some time ( along with a few million of her other loyal fans! ) and while any release from Ms. Baker is a time of celebration I must say I am having rather conflicted feelings toward " My Everything " A classic case of earnest desire looking reality square in the face.

Again, I am a huge fan of Anita Bakers previous works and still consider " Rapture " to be one of the few classic Soul, R&B discs ever released. But " My Everything " while it has its moments, simply pales in comparison to the best of what this artist has to offer. Beginning with the title track, an extremely radio-friendly song that has been playing on Smooth Jazz stations before the actual release of the cd, is pleasant and a nice way of beginning the disc but not exactly a classic in its own right. Nevertheless a nice enough tune and worthy of its presence on this disc. But problems soon arrive and disappointment also reared its ugly head. " How Could You " simply comes across as filler material and left no impact on this music lover whatsoever. Now things do ' heat up ' again with " In My Heart " a luxurious, sexy number that brings out the best in this singer and was unrepentant in its overt desires. For me easily the best song to be found on this cd. Unfortunately after hitting that high note ( no pun! ) Ms. Baker's release tends to collectively, song by song, build up speed heading directly down hill. " Serious " the one song not written by Ms.Baker is agin nice enough but rather bland and nothing that captured my imagination and " Like You Used To Do " a duet with Babyface, again pleasant enough, seemed rather forced and out of place.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars stay classy September 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Music has moved on, that's true. This is no Alicia Keys-style neo-soul or over-produced Beyonce kind of album. It's classic, tasteful, and classy--all the things Anita Baker has always been. And that's fine with me, thank you very much. No, there's no "Sweet Love" (a once-in-a-lifetime song, admit it), but "How Does It Feel?" and "In My Heart" would stand up to anything from "Rhythm of Love," my favorite post-"Rapture" album.

One more thing: For Ms. Baker to still be in such fine voice after years away from recording is no less than remarkable. I'm so glad she's back--this album really reminded me how much I'd missed her particular brand of lush, polished R&B.

Can't wait for the standards album, which is supposedly coming next from Blue Note. We can only hope someone at the label has the moxie to propose a duet with Cassandra Wilson!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same Ol Love...but why did it take a DECADE to arrive?! September 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I own all of Anita Baker's CDs and bought this one the day it came out without evening hearing it first - like SADE and LUTHER and other singers that have their own instantly memorable "signature" sound, this is pure Anita Baker all the way - that's good...and bad. While these songs are surely listenable and pleasant in Anita's patented quiet-storm style, one wonders why it took TEN YEARS for this? The title track (and its jazzy scat reprise!), the Babyface duet, and a few others are strong and earn repeated listens, but much of this is below Anita's high standards such as Sweet Love, Angel, Giving You the Best, Been So Long, etc. But I am glad to know that a singer with as much talent, style, and grace as Anita Baker can take off a decade and then release a new CD that tops the charts - good to know there is still a sizeable audience for QUALITY MUSIC instead of thw empty, throwaway padlum that passes for Top 40 pop music today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wait Is Over September 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
2004 really proved to have a great return on old school R&B music, which has been overlooked on radio for quite a few years. Largely, thanks to Prince and his comeback album Musicology, many artists are really having great comebacks including Patti LaBelle, Teena Marie, Boyz II Men, and Anita Baker. Anita had mostly spend the past decade out of the public eye. Some people still wondered if she could ever record great music again. For die hard Anita fans, that truly is a yes. Sadly, Anita lost both of her parents, and really couldn't find anything worth dealing with in the music industry. Nevertheless, a hard core fan base, and her touring again landed her a new deal with Blue Note Records, the label home to Norah Jones, and originally The Pointer Sisters.

Her Blue Note debut, My Everything, one of two albums of music Anita's music released, is a really exotic and exciting return to her seductive voice and soul. The album is most a combination of Jazz, smooth Adult Contemporary R&B, and Soul. The songs on here are great and just full of life here. Although the album is short, it is just simple and not overdubbed, just like her earlier records. The album includes great soulful tracks including the comeback track You're My Everything, Like You Used To Do, the soulful collaboration with Babyface, Serious, and the seductive modern R&B ballad Close Your Eyes. The songs here and the rhythmic seduction of Anita's voice and performance on My Everything is superb, especially within the 10 year hiatus she undergone. Her voice and style really hasn't lost its shine at all. This is pure classic Anita Baker. My only problem with the record, is there could've been more tracks added on than just 9, 10 actually because You're My Everything had a revisited track as well, but that is alright.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Regina Pinkney
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I didn't even know about this album until recently. Unfortunately it is not available for download, only on CD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by john francis leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Her majestic comeback and a true triumph for her career.
After an absence of nearly a decade, Anita Baker made a truly well-deserved and almost incredible comeback with this stunningly gorgeous CD. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Justo Roteta
4.0 out of 5 stars CD
CD was ok to play minor scrathes however, the CD case was very scrathed not to be displayed to others. Over all I a really satisfied..
Published 13 months ago by Mona M. Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars MY GIrl
I LOVE THIS CD, even after my car was stolen I went and ordered this CD again, when cleaning my house I can put this on sing along with it and knock out all of cleaning
Published 20 months ago by M. Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this woman!!!
I actually bought this for my wife, but I absolutely love this woman!!! One of the best RNA singers of our time.
Published 22 months ago by Leondras R. Bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars My Everything
I recommend this cd to all women,and of all ages, who are in love, been in love, or looking for love. Read more
Published 23 months ago by lizzie
Nothing different, just Pure and Simple Anita Baker! No Guest Rappers (Thank God). Smooth and breezy from start to finish! Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by Mr. Nightshift
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!! Nothing groundbreaking here.
I was looking forward to this and was disappointed to hear a new album that sounds like more of her old stuff. :-(
Published on December 4, 2007 by James C. Edwartoski
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't burn your brigdes behind you!!
Babyface sued singer Anita Baker for allegedly failing to pay him for a song he produced for her. He filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against fellow R&B artist Anita Baker... Read more
Published on April 17, 2006 by Patjam
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