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Take It to Heart

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  • Audio CD (May 2, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A nice mix of sounds characterizes this brilliant album which for some reason was ignored by most fans. There are the synth-dominated 'All We Got' and 'Tear It Up' (McDonald meets Scritti Politti), two songs produced by Don Was, one of them the beautiful title track, and then the rest of the lot, mainly performed by Mike and a fierce backing band consisting of the sadly missed Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro, bass player Abe Laboriel, and guitar wizard Mike Landau. These tracks are the backbone of the album, and the guys hit it off wonderfully. The best examples of their skills can be heard on the - by Michael McDonald standards - hard rocking 'Homeboy' with an outstanding guitar solo from Landau, and on the closing track 'You Show Me', on which Stan Getz provides the final touches with his distinctive sax playing. It's a shame this album got neither the recognition nor achieved the success it deserved. It brings back some good memories for me, and I enjoy listening to it just as much as when I first bought it. A classic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Missing Person on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It was going on 5 years since Michael McDonald's last album when "Take It To Heart" was released in May of 1990. McDonald had done some music in the meantime including the big hits "Sweet Freedom" and the Patti LaBelle duet "On My Own", songs that suggested McDonald's future might not be too bright from an artistic standpoint. However, Michael rose to the occasion, delivering a solid, consistently enjoyable album that finds him in peak vocal form, which is saying a lot.

Unsurprisingly, there's very much of a late '80s/ early '90s production sheen, but that said, only on a few songs is there a real attempt at sounding 'up to date'. One of these is the uptempo album-opener "All We Got"--it was remixed by Shep Pettibone, and it's a great, dramatic club-dance song packed with powerful hooks. Another example is the adult contemporary ballad title track--considering that it was co-written by Diane Warren, it's not surprising that it's quite sugary, but it still has some appeal, thanks to McDonald's incredibly soulful vocals on the chorus. Then there's "Tear It Up", one of two tracks here that Michael had no involvement in writing--it's a sugary feel-good tune and the hip-hop beats on it are a bit much, but it's still got enough taste and tunefulness to make it respectable.

The other track Michael didn't have any part in writing is "One Step Away" which is a rather sickly-sweet ballad, but likewise, it's tastefully performed and has effective hooks. The album ends with the engagingly lush and mellow smooth-jazz style "You Show Me"--the lyrics are pretty sappy, but it's still a nice track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Sippie on July 30, 2009
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As many Michael McDonald fans we all have our likes and dislikes about each of his solo CD's. But "Take It To Heart" has a bit of a different twist, read on for the full story..

Me being a die-hard M.McD. fan to the point of aquiring all of his recordings including his many duet and contributing vocals on other artist projects. Even his 1st perfessional recording "God Knows I love My Baby" from 1970 recorded on RCA Records.."sorry I am getting a bit off topic.

Take It To Heart was suppose to be called Lonely Talk and be issued on August of 1989. It also had a bit of a different song line up..It had a song called "Plain Of Jars" and a cover of Stevie Wonders Higher Ground (Which ended up on his 1st GH's) there were also different versons of current tracks that made the offical CD. Just about 3 weeks prior to origonal issue date (Aug 89) Repris/WB's label decided there were not enough singles and so Tear It Up and All We Got were added along with Get The Word started (Not sure exactly what versons were changed, Take It To Heart was recorded and added, which meant some songs and some versons had to go. I myself would've rather have had "Lonely Talk and added "Take It To Heart" and that would've given us a 11 song CD they way Michael saw it. I love Lonely Talk, Love Can Break, Searchin For. Take It, Homeboy. True McD. classics. For those who heard Plain Of, You know what a different song stlye for Mike and those that did not. You were only able to hear it on the B-side of the Take It To Heart Cassette single or the UK CD5 w/ Higer Ground as well. One of the few unissued tunes ever put out by M.McD on a CD single. I do not know why record companies seem to think they know what fans want.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Gott on November 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've always liked this album, but I've always wished I liked it more than I do. There are one or two songs on here that I skip over when listening to the CD. (For example, I just can't get into the song Homeboy for some reason.)

Why did I give it over 3 stars then? Because the good songs on here are VERY good songs! My favorites are: Take It To Heart, Tear It Up, and You Show Me. All really great songs!

Actually, there are no truly bad songs on here. Even Homeboy's halfway decent. Michael is my favorite singer, so maybe I'm just too picky and expect too much all the time. I want every song to knock me off my feet, and not every song on here does.

Still, as I said, there are some really great songs on this one. Plus, it's hard to go wrong with Michael's voice. If you're a fan, you're most likely going to like this album.
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