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Singer, songwriter, worldwide tour headliner, producer, Oscar recipient and five-time Grammy award-winning Island recording artist Lionel Richie gets into a new groove on Just Go, his first new studio album in more than t... more »
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Singer, songwriter, worldwide tour headliner, producer, Oscar recipient and five-time Grammy award-winning Island recording artist Lionel Richie gets into a new groove on Just Go, his first new studio album in more than two years, arriving in stores on May 19th, 2009. Just Go features some of today's biggest writers and producers, including Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Stargate and Akon, with Lionel sharing writer credits with Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Ne-Yo, Akon, Johnta Austin, and Taj Jackson. Lead single "Good Morning," produced by The Movement, blasts out to Urban AC radio today. Just Go is Lionel Richie's long-awaited follow-up to the RIAA gold Grammy-nominated Coming Home (September 2006), his previous studio album. The latter made chart history as the first top 10 album debut of his 26-year solo career, and spun off the #1 Urban AC chart hit "I Call It Love." Three weeks after the album's release, he opened a 7-week, 17-city headlining North American tour, sponsored by United Way. Lionel Richie's most recent project was Live In Paris (September 2007), his first concert DVD, which premiered on PBS television pledge drives across the country in August 2007, as part of the prestigious Great Performances series. The concert, taped at the Bercy Arena in May 2007, was made available on DVD with 19 live songs plus lots of extras: full-length videos for two songs from Coming Home, "I Call It Love" (shot in Los Angeles by director Jessey Terrero and starring daughter Nicole Richie) and "Just For You"; plus the ultra-rare clip of "Angel," from the 2001 album, Renaissance. Bonus material also included intimate, behind-the-scenes footage of Lionel and his team preparing for the Paris show. The DVD was issued separately and as part of a deluxe two-disc package coupled with the 14-song audio CD counterpart, entitled Live: His Greatest Hits, which was also issued on its own. Lionel Richie became a core member of the Island Records family with the release of Renaissance in March 2001, his first album for the label (and sixth overall career solo album). Since then, he has released Just For You (May 2004), the live album Encore (September 2004), Coming Home (September 2006), Sound Of the Season (December 2006, his first Christmas album), and Live In Paris (September 2007). Lionel Richie is a pop icon who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide in his career, and has the honor of owning an Oscar and Golden Globe Award (both for "Say You, Say Me," from White Knights) and a total of five Grammys (collectively for "Truly," Can't Slow Down, and "We Are The World"). Richie has the distinction of being the only songwriter in the modern pop era to write #1 song hits over the course of nine consecutive years: 1978 ("Three Times a Lady" with the Commodores), 1979 ("Still" with the Commodores), 1980 ("Lady" for Kenny Rogers), 1981 ("Endless Love" duet with Diana Ross), 1982 ("Truly"), 1983 ("All Night Long"), 1984 ("Hello"), 1985 ("We Are the World" with Michael Jackson for USA For Africa), and 1986 ("Say You, Say Me"). Lionel Richie's string of 15 consecutive top 10 R&B hits between 1981 and 1992 (five of which hit #1) - 13 of which were consecutive top 10 pop hits (also including five #1's) - stands as one of the most enviable achievements in chart history. His countless awards, also including multiple American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, People's Choice Awards, ASCAP Awards, the World Music Lifetime Achievement Award, and more, were capped when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2003. Lionel Richie is an iconic artist who refuses to live off of the greatness of past laurels. Upcoming TV Performances include "CBS Sunday Morning" on May 10th. Over 100 concerts planned for 2009 in US, Europe, Australia and Asia.
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This album is underrated in my opinion
Osagie Imafidon | 05/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a big Lionel Richie fan with my all time favorite back to front. I can understand how he has has struggled to stay relevant in recent times with some of his recent work wide off the mark. I went into this one with no expectations whatsoever but was very surprised by how good the album was especially when compared to a lot of the current music out there today. There was the old feel to the album yet there is a modern flavor about it. The album might not get the type of appreciation it deserves with the older fans desperately searching for the old Lionel Richie while the younger fans might not give him a chance because he belongs in the past but if you take the album and look at it for what it is, I really think it is a quality album."
What a great album!
The Bobster | Traverse City, MI USA | 06/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really wasn't sure what to expect with this new CD, but it is amazing! I heard "Just Go" on the radio and instantly loved it. The title song's carefree chorus features Akon, who I think works very well with Lionel Richie. The song is real unassuming and likable, and it makes for a perfect song to listen to this summer. I thought Lionel's other song with Akon, Nothing Left to Give", was real catchy too. Akon's singing on this song is very similar to his work on Gwen Stefani's song "Sweet Escape".
"Forever and A Day" was very interesting, too. I thought the beginning of the chorus sounded a lot like those old Folder's coffee commercials ("The best part of waking up..." as compared to Lionel's "Girl, your the best part of me...") Whether it was intentional or not, it sure made me remember the song!
"Good Morning" is a beautiful romantic song that is a real joy to listen to. I think it's one of the best on the album. "I'm In Love" is another great song that's enjoyable and sincere without being too loud or complicated. The song's got a great chorus that's a lot of fun to sing along with.
Along the way, there were a few of the songs on here that weren't that memorable, but it doesn't mean they aren't good (for example, "Forever", "Pasttime", and "Think of You"). Even the "worst" song on here is "good", I think.
The highlight of the last half of the album has to be Lionel's duet "Face in the Crowd". I was surprised the song was so upbeat and not slow like "Endless Love", but it worked very well. I hadn't heard of the female singer before, but she did a really good job.
Another surprise was "Somewhere in London", a techno-infused song that is quite dancy. The album ends very well with "Eternity", a beautiful gospel-like song featuring a choir and wonderful message of unity. Great ending.
If you like Lionel Richie and you're an objective music listener, you have to check this CD out. As a young person (23) who appreciates older music and has a limited taste for the modern stuff, this album is perfect. There are very few artists who can pull off something like this, where they remain true to their style while updating it and marketing it to a younger audience. What a wonderful surprise this CD was!"
Just Go by Lionel Richie
Betty L. Percey | Rockford, Illinois United States | 05/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Has the trademarks of his music past. Wonderful sound and magic as usual coming from Lionel.
I recommend this to anyone and especially Lionel Richie fans."