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Intimate
Smokey Robinson
Intimate
Genres: Pop, R&B
 
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From the opening bars of the title track, it's obvious that Smokey Robinson's return to recording after an eight-year absence has been worth the wait. With his trademark falsetto sounding better than ever, the velvet-voice...  more »

      
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All Artists: Smokey Robinson
Title: Intimate
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Motown
Original Release Date: 9/28/1999
Release Date: 9/28/1999
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Classic R&B, Motown, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 601215374124, 0601215374124, 327547590697

Synopsis

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From the opening bars of the title track, it's obvious that Smokey Robinson's return to recording after an eight-year absence has been worth the wait. With his trademark falsetto sounding better than ever, the velvet-voiced icon has crafted an album that virtually defines "quiet storm," the term he coined in 1975 that later gave its name to a popular radio format. For vintage Smokey, you can't do better than "Easy to Love," which is the one song he wrote alone for the album and the first single. Writing collaborations with Robinson and producer Michael Stokes such as "Sleepin' In," "Feelings Flowing," and the "Cruisin'"-like "Bottom Line" are standout slow jams, while "Tu Me Besas Muy Rico" is an acoustic Latin-flavored delight. Finally, "I'm the One," an infectious cut cowritten by Motown founder Berry Gordy (who served as executive producer for the album) and '80s singer-songwriter Michael Lovesmith, sounds like a potential hit single. --David Nathan

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CD Reviews

Old Smokey, New Smokey, Great Smokey - it's all here!
10/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Smokey Robinson has delivered one fantastic CD. "Intimate" is familiar by way of voice (Smokey's singing is as good as ever) and fresh by way of production (different writers, different arrangements). "Intimate" is one of the most sophisticated and mature collection of songs in Mr. Robinson's career. Collaborating with other writers and producers, "Intimate" showcases Smokey's versatility and welcomes the listener to experience the many facets of his musical intelligence. The energy of the CD varies just enough to keep it engaging without breaking its passionate attitude.
While the entire compilation is entertaining, "Love Love Again", "Intimate", "I'm The One"(my personal favorite), "Just Let me Love You" and "Ready to Roll" are standouts.
Unlike the has-beens desperately trying (yet failing) to revive their careers by recording anything/everything while grasping at fads, Smokey Robinson has remained true to his talents and, after an eight-year absense, has returned with a thoroughly enjoyable CD."
THIS IS DEFINELY S-M-O-K-E-Y!!
Gloria J. Williams | U.S.A. | 10/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is great. The style is still "Smokey" - the music is both classic and modern. Smokey still is SMOKIN'!!!!"
The Return of the Master.
Peter Rooney | Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom | 10/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having bought this album after hearing "easy to love" on the radio, I was initially disapointed after the first two tracks.I've got to say though, after listening to it several times how deceptive one listen can be. The album is fantastic and just shows what a genius this man is. He has influenced a generation of icons from Lennon & McCartney to Dylan, who am I to argue. If you love Smokey, don't hesitate BUY THIS ALBUM."