Heart Don't Lie

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For the song "Heart Don't Lie", see "Heart Don't Lie (song)".
Heart Don't Lie
Studio album by La Toya Jackson
Released 1984
Recorded 1983-1984
Genre Reggae, Dance, Soul, R&B, Funk
Length 37:01
Label Epic
Producer Amir Bayyan, et al.
La Toya Jackson chronology
My Special Love
(1981)
Heart Don't Lie
(1984)
Imagination
(1986)
Singles from Heart Don't Lie
  1. "Bet'cha Gonna Need My Lovin'"
  2. "Heart Don't Lie"
  3. "Hot Potato"
  4. "Private Joy"

Heart Don't Lie is the third album released by singer La Toya Jackson. It is her most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album to date, peaking at #149 on the Billboard 200.

Album information[edit]

The album was produced by Amir Bayyan, brother of Khalis Bayyan and Robert Bell of Kool & the Gang, who was hired after Joe Jackson, La Toya's father and then-manager, heard his tapes. Jackson recorded the album sporadically over a six-month period.[1]

The album features a plethora of musical guests, including Shalamar's Howard Hewett and reggae-pop group Musical Youth on the title track, musicians from Kool & the Gang on several tracks throughout the album, and collaborations with her siblings, including Marlon, Janet, and Tito, who co-produced the track "Frustration".

Jackson and Bayyan wrote "Reggae Nights" for this album, which was not released on Heart Don't Lie but ended up being a Grammy-nominated single for Jimmy Cliff. Said Jackson at the time, "A lot of people wanted to sing that tune and we were thinking about saving it for my album. But when Jimmy came along I said, 'Forget it. I hear a guy doing it.' So he got the tune."[1][2] She recorded the song herself for her 1991 album No Relations.

Heart Don't Lie was re-released by Funky Town Grooves on CD in February 2012. The expanded edition included 7 bonus tracks. As of January 2013, the album is once again out of print. [3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
The Afro-American (favorable)[6]

The Afro-American described the opening "Think Twice" as a "rocker" and compared "Hot Potato" to an Evelyn King song.[6] The LP's A-side closes with a cover Prince's "Private Joy" with which Jackson, according to the LA Times "matches Prince's intensity with her own hard-edged snap, crackle and pop."[7] Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone described the album as "admirable".[8]

Many consider this to be Jackson's finest musical effort, with Allmusic commenting,

"...a handful of guilty pleasures here that are, if not much else, very catchy, making this a wise investment for anyone curious about the music of the Jackson family "outcast.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Think Twice"   Amir Bayyan, La Toya Jackson Amir Bayyan 4:41
2. "Heart Don't Lie"   Amir Bayyan, Donna Johnson Amir Bayyan 4:37
3. "Bet'cha Gonna Need My Lovin'"   Amir Bayyan, Cynthia Huggins, Kelly Barreto Amir Bayyan 4:29
4. "Private Joy"   Prince Amir Bayyan 4:51
5. "Hot Potato"   Amir Bayyan, La Toya Jackson Amir Bayyan 4:41
6. "I Like Everything You're Doin'"   Gregory Radford, Meekaaeel Muhammad Amir Bayyan 4:36
7. "Frustration"   Chuck Gentry, Howard Hewett Howard Hewett, Tito Jackson 4:47
8. "Without You"   Amir Bayyan, La Toya Jackson Amir Bayyan 4:10
Total length:
37:01

Expanded edition[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fee, Debi. "At Home With La Toya Jackson" Rock & Soul Magazine, 1984
  2. ^ VH1 Bio
  3. ^ "La Toya Jackson Heart Don't Lie - Expanded". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ a b Matthews, Carl. 'La Toya Jackson' The Afro-American June 23, 1984
  7. ^ Johnson, Connie (13 January 1985). "Rock Stars Turn Out Their Versions Of Princely Songs". LA Times. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Marsh, Dave. 'Victory Misses Mark' The Tuscaloosa News Aug 19, 1984
  9. ^ Heart Don't Lie at AllMusic