Tue. Sep. 18, 2018

Lionel Richie – Love Will Find A Way

Classics: Lionel Richie – Love Will Find A Way (Motown)

Lionel Richie‘s second solo album back in 1983, ‘Can’t Slow Down’, is probably his most consistant effort of all times. Therefore seeing him displaying in unique talent in a real moody way. Meanwhile goin’ from an atmosphere to another.

Standing among its highlights, ‘Love Will Find A Way’ is a rare masterpiece on many aspects of the term. Beginning with its concept, at the crossroad between a smooth groove and a ballad. But also the uplifting message it delivers. Not to mention its lush arrangements courtesy of co-producer James Anthony Carmichael and Greg Phillinganes. All in all makin’ of it a definitive Quiet Storm manifesto at the end. With the erosion of time seeming like havin’ no effect on it…

Quite strange as to how though Motown didn’t do any better than releasing ‘Love Will Find A Way’ as the flipside of ‘Dancing On The Celling’. Don’t you think?

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Overview
A native of Tuskegee, AL, Lionel Richie got introduced to music by his grandma who taught him classical piano. He eventually gave birth to various R&B groups during his college years. And by 1968, he became the lead singer and saxophonist of The Commodores with whom he would remain for 15 years. Most likely embodyin’ the softer side of the group. This while writing and singin’ ballads such as ‘Easy’, ‘Zoom’, ‘Three Times a Lady’, ‘Still’ and ‘Sail On’.

By the of the 70’s, he started writing songs for other artists. Eventually composing the memorable ‘Lady’ for Kenny Rogers which hit No. 1 back in 1980. Then sharing the vocal duties with Diana Ross the year after on the theme song of ‘Endless Love’. And makin’ his solo debut in 1982 with his eponymous album. With the latter propelling 3 US hit singles by the likes of ‘Truly’, ‘You Are’ and ‘My Love’, meanwhile selling 4 million copies worldwide. Its follow-up – Can’t Slow Down’ – selling over twice as many copies. With thanks to its concentration of masterpieces. From ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ to ‘Love Will Find A Way’. But also ‘Stuck On You’ and ‘Hello’. If not its title cut although it never saw the light as a single.

‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, his third album, brought another consistant series of high standard compositions. From ‘Ballerina Girl’ to ‘Say You, Say Me’. Not to mention ‘Sela’ and ‘Love Will Conquer All’. Meanwhile, that same year (in 1985) he co-wrote the charity single ‘We Are The World’ with Michael Jackson. All in all seeing Richie at his peak before progressively disappearing from the radars releasewise from then on…

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