Lisa Stansfield is the fourth album by British singer Lisa Stansfield, released by Arista Records on 21 March 1997. It was her first new studio album since 1993's So Natural. Stansfield co-wrote most songs for the album with her husband Ian Devaney. The tracks were produced by Devaney and Peter Mokran. Lisa Stansfield garnered favourable reviews from music critics and was commercially successful reaching number two in the United Kingdom and receiving Gold certification. In the United States, it spawned four number-one singles on the Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs.
Lisa Stansfield released her eponymous album in March 1997, almost four years after her previous studio album, So Natural. It does not feature contribution from Andy Morris, who worked on Stansfield's previous releases.
In January 1997, Arista Records released "People Hold On" (The Bootleg Mixes) as a single. The song, originally recorded by Coldcut and Stansfield in 1989, was remixed by the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The remix version reached number one on the Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs, number four on the UK Singles Chart and number fifteen on the Irish Singles Chart. After this success, "People Hold On" (Bootleg Mix) was included on Lisa Stansfield as a bonus track. The first proper single form the album, "The Real Thing" was released in Europe, Australia and Japan in March 1997. The song peaked at number nine in the United Kingdom. "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" was chosen as the next single in Europe, Australia and Japan, and first proper single in North America. It was released in June 1997. The song reached number twenty-five in the United Kingdom, number seventy-four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. In September 1997, "The Line" was issued as a single in Europe and peaked at number sixty-four in the United Kingdom. "Never Gonna Fall" (remixed by Junior Vasquez and Victor Calderone) was chosen as next promotional single in the United States and released in October 1997, also reaching number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs (for two weeks). The single "Don't Cry for Me," set for the release in Europe in November 1997, was withdrawn at the last minute. After the success on the dance charts in the United States, Arista Records issued one more promotional single, "I'm Leavin'" (remixed by Hex Hector) which also topped the Hot Dance Club Songs, becoming fourth song from Lisa Stansfield to do so. Because of that, The Remix Album was released in June 1998.
Lisa Stansfield received positive reviews from music critics. According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic, the album finds Stansfield at the top of her game, turning in a stylish set of smooth, disco-inflected dance-pop. The songs, from a cover of Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Never Gonna Fall" to the ballad "I Cried My Last Tear Last Night," are uniformly strong and the singer's voice is seductive and sexy, making the album a small gem in her catalogue. Josef Woodard from Entertainment Weekly wrote that Stansfield plays her old-school R&B straight, unleashing white-soul-queen riffs over disco grooves or pop-soul ballads spiced with horns, strings, and backup vocals. She does right by Phyllis Hyman's hit "You Know How to Love Me" with one foot in the happy-face '70s. Q stated that Stansfield's excellent singing remains on a par with the best American female R&B and the songs are consistently superior. According to Natasha Stovall from the Rolling Stone, unlike many of her peers from England, Stansfield is not jumping on the latest UK dance trend. On her new album, the bass thumps quaintly along, and the drums are "as mellow as tea and biscuits." The heat comes from Stansfield, who belts her heart out in a voice that's smooth and pliant when she's falling in love again ("The Real Thing") but edgy – even harsh – when she's staring, eyes appropriately red-rimmed, at a broken affair ("I'm Leavin'"). Stovall added that Stansfield will always fit more smoothly in a smoky piano bar than in the strobe-lit warehouse of a moody DJ star.
Lisa Stansfield performed well on the charts peaking at number two in the United Kingdom and being certified Gold. It also reached top ten in Belgium, peaking at number six in Belgium Flanders and number seven in Belgium Wallonia. Lisa Stansfield was certified Gold in Switzerland and Spain, where it reached numbers eleven and twenty-three respectively. The album also peaked inside top forty in other European countries, including number twelve in Austria, number thirteen in France and Germany, number fourteen in Sweden, number eighteen in the Netherlands, number thirty-four in Hungary and thirty-eight in Finland. In other parts of the world, Lisa Stansfield reached number forty in Japan, number forty-one in Australia, number forty-six in New Zealand and ninety-nine in Canada. In the United States, it peaked at number fifty-five on the Billboard 200 and number thirty on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.