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  • Audio CD (September 10, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LMP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Romantic
2. Ritual Of Love
3. The Way I Feel About You
4. Hooked On You
5. Walkin' The Dog
6. Love That's Mine
7. How I Want You
8. One Heart
9. Tears Of Joy
10. Beside You
11. Do Unto Me
12. Hard To Say Goodbye

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The heir apparent to the throne of Miss Ross/crossover divadom, Karyn White released this breathtaking collection of romantic ballads and irresistible dance tunes in Fall 1991 that seemed destined to place her in the upper echelons of the pop pantheon. The album kicks off with its lead single, "Romantic", a triumphal #1 multiformat smash. This irresistible hit also sported a video directed by Marcus Nispel, who revolutionized the genre with his lightning quick editing and energy. "Ritual of Love", track two, should have been the set's 2nd single; its tough and sinuous African polyrhythms and erotic (but not NASTY) vibe make this an underrated gem and sleeper classic. Overall, the album exudes a feeling of classy sexiness, and of course, romance, with the second half of the set comprised of classic-sounding MATURE ballads that hearken to the days of Philly International and Motown. "Do Unto Me" was this set's "Superwoman", a righteous treat-me-right song, and "Tears of Joy" was produced by Anita Baker's producer Michael J. Powell and revealed the maturity of Karyn White. Released at a time of exciting competition between pop/r&b chanteuses Vanessa Williams, Mariah Carey, Jody Watley, Paula Abdul, and Lisa Stansfield, Karyn White's "Ritual of Love" still holds its own as a nearly flawless set of great ear candy tunes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Quinto on February 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After White's 1988-1989 debut hit album, Miss White got three top 10 singles under her belt, at the end 1990 she would have to start with the always dangerous sophomore album, teaming up with record producer different from her first album, specially her husband Terry Lewis, the creation of "Ritual Of Love" was done, the second album of miss White showcased a more funky beat than the first record, with far away from a R&B superballad like "Superwoman", but, with a way better POP entree for the crossover fans, "Romantic" hit #1 back in 1991, and the buss was created, did White choose a wisely direction?, well I don't deny that Romantic is pretty catchy and the lyrics are simply enchanting, but if you listen to the record, you will find funky cuts, that as someone stated, sounded more like Janet Jackson drop outs, not even, "Walkin' The Dog" that somehow enchant at the beginning but gets kind of obnoxious, the other part, when the second single came(Walkin' was the third..and it didn't hit the 100), "The Way I Feel About You" a more more POP song, than R&B, was a easy to swallow song, easy lyrics, easy beat, easy goin', it's a great afternoon song, but doesn't deliver the R&B that White was acostume to. Overall the result of this album reflected on only one hit single, sold less than the debut, only GOLD, and previous a two sabatic years, til 1994, when she release a more soulful album, but with alieneted fans and slow promotion, floped more than this. But to not kill this album at all, because in fact, I own this, and I listen to it time to time, the Highlight are of course the #1 single "Romantic", the should have been single "Ritual Of Love", "The Way I Feel About You"(I played along with Amy Grant Music), and believe it or not I do Have a soft spot for, yes, "Walkin' The Dog"....Karyn White has a privilage voice, and she could have done something better than this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on November 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although Miss White is not a powerhouse vocalist, "Ritual of Love" is a masterfully produced mixture of great dance tracks and sultry slow jams. The two-tiered album gets off to a fast start with the hit single "Ritual of Love." This tune leads the way for the quicker paced selections. The slower tunes get started with "How I Love You," a lushly arranged song that has a complementary combination of lead vocals and superb orchestration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
One would think with every Jody Watley,Whitney Houston,Janet Jackson,Pebbles and the like out there in the late 80's/early 90's sporting chunky jewlary,fancy hair doos and hugely catchy pop hits that it would all just start to bleed together after a point. And in a lot of ways it did with so many imitating those people out there at the time. In the meantime however people such as Karyn White was somewhat bulldozed down during this period. And it's a pity because Karyn as well as all the other people I mentioned were (and in most cases still are) wonderful pop/R&B singer-songwriters who know how to make spin straw into gold with their very distinctive musical styles. True a lot of music during the years 1988-1992 was pretty shallow in a lot of ways but there's something about Karyn's 1991 sophmore record that stood out of the pack in a big way. Of course my introduction to White's talents came from the same source as everyone elses;through her vocals on the song "Facts Of Love" from Jeff Lorber's 1986 release Private Passion (also worth picking up). Even though this is by no means a concept album it does follow something of a loose theme. This involves being a stone romantic to start with,then Karyn facing up to the fact that most of the men she's involved with drool over infidelity and finally concluding in the end that she desires an equal,mature relationship from both ends and deciding she also needs to contribute to all this as well.Read more ›
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