Larger than Life (album)

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Larger Than Life
Studio album by Jody Watley
Released March 27, 1989
Recorded 1988-1989
Genre R&B, pop, dance
Length 61:59
Label MCA
Producer André Cymone, Jeff Lorber
Jody Watley chronology
Jody Watley
(1987)
Larger Than Life
(1989)
You Wanna Dance with Me?
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Q 3/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau B− [3]

Larger Than Life is the second album by American pop singer Jody Watley, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by André Cymone and Jody Watley, except where noted. 

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Real Love"   4:23
2. "Friends"   4:30
3. "Everything" (Gardner Cole, James Newton Howard) 4:15
4. "What 'cha Gonna Do for Me"   4:12
5. "L.O.V.E.R."   4:49
6. "For Love's Sake"   5:26
Side Two
No. Title Length
7. "Lifestyle"   4:14
8. "Precious Love"   4:45
9. "Something New" (André Cymone, Jody Watley, Franne Golde) 4:20
10. "Once You Leave"   4:01
11. "Come into My Life"   5:31
12. "Only You"   3:53

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: André Cymone, Jeff Lorber
  • Engineers: David Bianco, Bobby Brooks, Dan Marnien, Jeff Poe
  • Assistant engineers: Andy Batwinas, Lawrence Fried, Dave "the Blade" Knight
  • Mixing: Brian Malouf
  • Remixing: Louis Silas, Jr.
  • Mastering: Steve Hall
  • Production assistant: Ivy Skoff
  • Overdubs: André Cymone
  • Special edits: Greg Royal
  • Programming: Todd Horriman
  • Spanish translation: Maria Gallagher
  • Art direction: Lynn Robb
  • Design: Lynn Robb
  • Cover design: Lynn Robb
  • Cover art concept: Jody Watley
  • Photography: Mac James, Steven Meisel
  • Paintings: Mac James
  • Artwork: Jody Watley
  • Stylist: Jody Watley

Reception[edit]

"Cymone remains as slickly up to the minute as ever," observed Q's Mark Cooper, "filling his enormous rhythm sound with hip-hop references… Occasionally Watley lets the pose slip and slips into a passively sensuous ballad like 'Everything', but mostly she keeps acting stroppy. Perhaps she's annoyed at the lack of an tune to match that first hit; more likely she thinks looking angry makes her sexy."[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 16
US Top R&B Albums 5

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Real Love" Dance/Club Play Songs 1
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 2
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song 1
Billboard Hot 100 2
"Friends" Dance/Club Play Songs 7
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
Billboard Hot 100 9
"Everything" Adult Contemporary 11
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
Billboard Hot 100 4
1990 "Precious Love" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 51
Billboard Hot 100 87

End of Year Charts

End of Year Chart (1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[5] 51
U.S. Billboard Black Albums[6] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. Larger Than Life review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  2. ^ Q, May 1989
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Larger Than Life review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  4. ^ Q, May 1989
  5. ^ "Billboard Pop Albums - 1989". Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Black Albums - 1989". Retrieved 2011-12-14. 

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