Can't Slow Down (Lionel Richie album)
|Can't Slow Down|
|Studio album by Lionel Richie|
|Released||October 11, 1983|
|Producer||James Anthony Carmichael, Lionel Richie|
|Lionel Richie chronology|
|Singles from Can't Slow Down|
In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "B+" and called it a "surprisingly solid" improvement, particularly with respect to Richie's ballad singing. He felt that its "jumpy international dance-pop" suits Richie more than the Commodores' funk had and predicted that, considering his "well-established appeal to white people," Can't Slow Down has the potential to become a "mini-Thriller". Don Shewey of Rolling Stone magazine gave the album four out of five stars and said that, although the ballads are monotonous, Richie successfully broadens his music for different listeners and draws on contemporary artists such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson: "if you can't innovate, imitate. And the more honest they are about their sources, the better."
In a retrospective review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars and wrote that Richie took a conservative, melodic hook-based approach on an album whose hits showed him at his best and whose only weakness was a short running time. In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Me Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, "Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch".
The album reached #1 on the Billboard album chart. It also spent 59 consecutive weeks inside the Top 10 (including the entire year of 1984) and a total of 160 weeks (over three years) on the Billboard 200. After being the third best-selling album of 1984, it went on to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985 and by 1986 the album had sold 15 million copies, eventually selling over 20 million.
Can't Slow Down achieved the feat of having every single released hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Two songs, "Hello" and "All Night Long (All Night)", both went to #1. Other hits include "Stuck on You" (US #3), "Running With the Night" (US #7), and "Penny Lover" (US #8).
All songs copyright Brockman Music, except where noted.
- "Can't Slow Down" (David Cochrane, Richie) – 4:43
- "All Night Long (All Night)" (Richie) – 6:25
- "Penny Lover" (Brenda Harvey Richie, Richie) – 5:35
- "Stuck on You" (Richie) – 3:15
- "Love Will Find a Way" (Greg Phillinganes, Richie; Copyright WB Music/Poopy's Music, Brockman Music) – 6:16
- "The Only One" (David Foster, Richie; Copyright Foster Frees Music, Brockman Music) – 4:24
- "Running with the Night" (Richie, Cynthia Weil; Copyright Brockman Music, Dyad Music) – 6:02
- "Hello" (Richie) – 4:11
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (July 2013)|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||55|
|UK Albums Chart||1|
|Australian Albums Chart||1|
|Media Control Charts||2|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Diamond||1,000,000^|
|Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)||Platinum||20,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||3× Platinum||900,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Diamond||10,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Christgau, Robert (December 27, 1983). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved July 7, 2013.
- Rolling Stone review
- Allmusic review
- "Best Motown Records of All Time". Q (London): 161. October 1999.
- Album chart positions from allmusic.com Retrieved 24 March 2009.
- Schreiberg, Stu (1986-01-12). "Richie's record rise". The Santa Fe New Mexican. p. 55. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
- Atlanta Magazine Vol. 47, No. 3. Emmis Communications. July 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
- "Canadian album certifications – Lionel Richie – Can't Slow Down". Music Canada.
- The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
- "French album certifications – Lionel Richie – Can't Slow Down" (in French). InfoDisc. Select LIONEL RICHIE and click OK
- "Les Albums Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Lionel Richie; 'Can't Slow Down')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
- "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1985". IFPI Hong Kong.
- "British album certifications – Lionel Richie – Can't Slow Down". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Can't Slow Down in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
- "American album certifications – Lionel Richie – Can't Slow Down". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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