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Lionel Richie
Genres: Pop, R&B
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Features the bonus tracks "Just Can't Say Goodbye" and "I Forgot".


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All Artists: Lionel Richie
Title: Renaissance
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Universal
Release Date: 9/18/2006
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Soul, Quiet Storm
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731454822527


Album Description
Features the bonus tracks "Just Can't Say Goodbye" and "I Forgot".

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I. Gross Georg | Edmond, Oklahoma USA | 01/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's Grammy time! If it were in my power, I'd give the nominees from Lionel Richie's Renaissance the following awards:BEST DANCE TUNE: Angel was the first hit, and it's no surprise that the producer from Cher's Believe gave it a similar sound but thankfully without the vocoder. (Those are used only for people who can't sing.) Here is My Heart is almost technopop, and the very disco-fied Don't Stop The Music will really have you reaching for the platform shoes (if you aren't already tall, like I am)! A couple of songs actually go beyond funk and "old school" and dive headlong into (gasp) Hip-hop! The beat-box influence is strong in Wasted Time and the sultry Don't You Ever Go Away. However, the award goes to Tonight, a good old-fashioned funk jam such as I used to hear when I was a teenager and used to hear Lionel's voice fronting the Commodores. (Showing my age as well as his!) It's VERY hard to sit still with this fun tune with its heavy bass and percussion. BEST LATIN-INFLUENCED NUMBERS: Enrique or especially Marc Anthony should beg to record either Cinderella or Dance the Night Away! Of the two nominees, the award goes to Cinderella, which I feel should have been the first single.BEST BALLAD: Tender Heart is a beautiful ballad I'm sure will enjoy a long life on someone else's album. The wistful Piece of My Heart and It May Be The Water both deserve honorable mention. But one ballad in particular, How Long, is not only the one song Lionel Richie wrote without collaboration, it's also the one definitive Lionel Richie song on the album. It not only gets Best Ballad, but Best Song.BEST ALBUM PACKAGE: Sorry, no winners here! The photos on the booklet and cover of Renaissance look as though a Richard Avedon wannabe took over the design! They remind me of the strange poses on the first Johnny Mathis Broadway album from 1960.In the category of MOST SHAMELESSLY NEGLECTED RECORDING FOR 2001, the winner is: Lionel Richie's Renaissance! Here is a recording by someone who can write great songs and who can actually sing without infusing every syllable with the electronic tricks and the vocal gymnastics that today's pop music artists seem hooked on. Lionel Richie has a voice that, unlike today's crop of boy/girl groups or any number of young female country singers, is instantly recognizable after the first two notes. Obviously a student of classic true singers such as Johnny Mathis before him, and Nat Cole before that, as well as of the classic writers like Stevie Wonder and Barry Manilow, Richie has apparently learned that to master your craft, even at the risk of being unpopular, means your career will have staying power in the long run. For that, I bestow the final award of the evening, the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, to Lionel Richie. Oh oh, there's still a couple minutes left, so I'd like to mention an award that was given before the broadcast:For failing to recognize the genius in this album with even a single nomination, I award the Grammy nomination committee LIFETIME LOSER AWARD. These are repeat winners of this award, folks. To my mind, there is plenty of single material here for those who care about such things, dance tunes that should go over well in the clubs, and I'd really be surprised if one of these songs didn't find its way onto a movie soundtrack at some point. Lionel Richie has his market. The fact that NARAS can't find a category to put good music in is no fault of his. It's their loss."
finch334 | 05/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...he tells us; I reply: Don't Stop The Music! This is a REAL RENAISSANCE for Richie! After JUST FOR YOU, I can hardly wait what the next treat is going to be!"
One of his Best!
G. Carter | Temple Hills, maryland United States | 11/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"'Renaissance' is one of Lionel's best records, this cd is a diverse musical journey, from strong ballads with latin beats, alittle R&B, & dance, and Lionel's voice is great as ever! I feel this cd is so underrated and it should've done better!, 'Don't Stop The Music' great song that could've been a major dance hit, and the wonderful 'Cinderella' this cd is another great addition to the Lionel Richie catalog."