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I Refuse to Be Lonely

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  • Audio CD (November 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B003W77TZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Charli Girl on July 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I Refuse to be Lonely---sadly her final recording effort that she left her fans with before her inner demons overtook her leaving Phyllis with the only choice she felt she could choose--death.

This CD showcases more of her own person writings, while at the same time, she revealed to her fans, to her friends, those closest to her that she was truly between the extremes, the overwhelming highs of euphoria and the bottom-dropping out lows that left Phyllis without the strength to want to endure any longer. The opening title track, I Refused to be Lonely was Phyllis' defiant athem of refusing to give in to the demons that haunted her--her own self proclaimed loneliness. Listening to that song, one would believe that she was going to win the fight. The final track, Give Me One Good Reason to Stay told all, she had no reason and thus, her demons won. While in between that, she begs the question, Why Not Me?

In the tracks, I'm Calling You, where she's seeking that love that her heart so long wanted to have. While This Too Shall Pass Away, written by Lorraine Feather, helps Phyllis cope with the loss of her mother and grandmother and Waiting For the Last Tear to Fall where she resolves to live through her pain and simply resolves to await for the passage of time to heal her heart and dry her tears. Then she flips the script and sings the upbeat Back to Paradise where she is determined to get it right, the upbeat It Takes Two and lets not forget the sassy, get 'em told, Its Not About You (Its About Me) where she demands to be treated like the Diva she is because it all about her, without a doubt.

Phyllis throws in a tune to exercise her jazz chops, just a little.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Sadly, one of the most underated vocalists in contemporary music, this was the last album that she completed before her death in 1995.Phyllis had a voice like no other, there was no one you could compare it with.It came from deep in her soul and reached out to touch those who heard it.Although most of the songs on this album (and like most of those in her repetoire) are about strength and overcoming difficulties, listening to them in retrospect to her suicide gives them a much different meaning.You hear not only the strength and power of her voice and her emotions, but you hear and feel her vulnerability.There is not one mediocre song on this album.From the the very first note of the title track all the way through to the last song, "Give Me One Good Reason To Stay", which is almost like a final plea from someone in pain this album will certainly touch your soul.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Fulghum on June 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I became a devoted fan of the late Phyllis Hyman, four years after her untimely death. I would have to say that this album is one of her best acheivements in her musical career. All the songs in this album relate to her premature passing and her sad and joyful times of her life. America has taken a huge loss without her. In my honest opinion, in history, it is THE BEST cd, any artist has ever produced. ALL the songs are exceptionally beautiful and hit you where it hurts, the heart. She delivers these soulful ballads so pure with much emotions that recognize her from no other singer, showcasing her rich tones, the deep yet warm timbre and her diamond hard elegant voice. She is sadly missed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric McCalla on June 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had the great fortune to see Phyllis Hyman live in concert at Chastain Park Atlanta the year before this album was released, and just a few months before her untimely death. To say I was saddened and heartbroken by the news would be a great understatement. Being at that concert was the most uplifting musical experience I've ever had. The crowd was completely wrapped up not only in her voice, but also in her beautiful soul and charisma.
I REFUSE TO BE LONELY is no doubt Phyllis Hyman's most important work as it lays bare her heartache and soul in a way no other singer has done since. Today's singers with one or two exceptions (Heather Headley being one of them), can't carry a tune vocally, much less carry the emotions through to the listener. This was Phyllis' unique gift: communicating real and deep emotions through song.
If I could pick just two songs that constantly stay in my head and replay countless times, I'd say they are WAITING FOR THE LAST TEARDROP TO FALL and IT TAKES TWO. I play these songs over and over again in my car and never get enough. The entire album is a legacy worth of Phyllis Hyman's name and it is now and forever a classic for all music lovers.
WE MISS YOU SO MUCH, PHYLLIS.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claudia McGill on December 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD after reading about Phyllis Hyman in a newspaper article, which detailed her career and her death. If only she were still here to make more music like this. She has the power to go straight to the listener's heart with her voice, melodies, and lyrics. Every time I listen, I wish I could thank her for her work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. E. A. Esq on September 12, 2005
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What a great record this is. It's taken me a while to enjoy it; initially I only enjoyed the title track. And if there's one reason alone for getting this album, it's the title track and the closer. The former is one of the most heart-rending songs ever recorded. If you have a heart, this song will break it or at least open it a bit.

It's depressing that Phyllis was overlooked in an age of Whitneys, Mariahs, Christinas, Britneys, and porno/r'n'b crossovers like Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown. Phyllis had class, and sensuality. And - most importantly and in marked contrast to the above-mentioned 'artists' - formidable talent. She was profoundly attractive without being cheap, half-brained or trite. None of which I would say of the other people I've mentioned. They can't hold a candle to her. Phyllis didn't have a child, nor did she then bring up a child whilst smoking crack or doing coke. You have to be soul-deep evil to do that to an infant.

Phyllis is the sound of real talent. Unblemished. Gorgeous. Had her problems, but didn't foist them on other people.
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