W. Irvin Jr. | Michigan | 12/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let me put this out there first. I became a fan of Face after I stumbled upon his first solo effort 'Lovers'. I thought that was a very impressive piece of work because it was unlike anything I heard before. With that being said, I was looking forward to hearing more from Face. His work in producing with LA Reid was recognizable as they produced many songs with artists like the Whispers, Bobby Brown, Karen White, the Boys, Sheena Easton, etc.
So he drops this album, Tender Lover, and I have to get it. It's an album that could have released just about every song as a single but I think only four or five were released. In different parts of the country r&b radio stations would play songs on this album that wasn't released as a single. I remember hearing Let's Be Romantic while I was in Louisiana. Yes, it's that good.
Now if you are a person that prefers today's brand of music where you 'crank this' or 'bust that' then maybe this isn't your cup of tea. Face was grown and sexy with this almost 20 years before he dropped Grown and Sexy. And yes, I thought Soon As I Get Home was sappy but it was still a good song.
The good thing about purchasing this on cd now is that you will get extra songs like the 12" version of My Kinda Girl and the video version of Whip Appeal which was only available to dj's back in the day.
This is Face's best work in my mind. Period."