9 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Lionel Richie's third solo album, the ex-Commodore merges different genres into the glossy R&B sound he became known for. Though a departure from the straight-ahead soul of 1983’s Can’t Slow Down, songs like the pondering “Say You, Say Me” and the festive “Dancing on the Ceiling” have become bona-fide classics in the mainstream pop canon. Some 30 years later, this album can be seen as a victory lap, one in which Richie fully embraces his pop stardom and proves that the funk and soul sounds of his previous releases were clearly a thing of the past.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Lionel Richie's third solo album, the ex-Commodore merges different genres into the glossy R&B sound he became known for. Though a departure from the straight-ahead soul of 1983’s Can’t Slow Down, songs like the pondering “Say You, Say Me” and the festive “Dancing on the Ceiling” have become bona-fide classics in the mainstream pop canon. Some 30 years later, this album can be seen as a victory lap, one in which Richie fully embraces his pop stardom and proves that the funk and soul sounds of his previous releases were clearly a thing of the past.

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