Rhythm of Love (Anita Baker album)

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Rhythm Of Love
Studio album by Anita Baker
Released September 13, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre
Length 61:20
Label Elektra
Producer Anita Baker, Tommy LiPuma, Gerard Smerek, Barry J. Eastmond, Arif Mardin
Anita Baker chronology
Compositions
(1990)
Rhythm of Love
(1994)
The Best of Anita Baker
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (dud) [2]
Entertainment Weekly A- [3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [4]

Rhythm of Love is the fifth album by the American R&B/soul singer Anita Baker. Released in 1994, the album peaked at #2 on Billboard 200 and #1 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. The album was certified double platinum giving Baker her fourth platinum selling album.

This is the first studio album by Anita Baker not to be produced by longtime collaborator Michael J. Powell. The album's first single, "Body and Soul", gave Baker her first top 40 hit since 1989. "You Belong To Me" is the second such-titled song recorded by Baker; the first appears on the Giving You The Best That I Got album.

Baker also received a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for I Apologize. Body And Soul was nominated for 1995 Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song, and Rhythm of Love was nominated for Best R&B Album.

Rhythm of Love is Baker's last album in Elektra Records. Because of unsatisfaction with album's promotion, Baker filed a lawsuit against Elektra, requesting a transfer to another label in Warner Music Group. Finally she signed with Atlantic Records in September 1996.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rhythm of Love" (Anita Baker, Patrick Moten) 5:50
  2. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 4:47
  3. "Body and Soul" (Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley) 5:42
  4. "Baby" (Baker) 4:25
  5. "I Apologize" (Baker, Barry J. Eastmond, Gordon Chambers) 5:09
  6. "Plenty of Room" (Baker) 4:57
  7. "It's Been You" (Sami McKinney, Michael O'Hara, Mary Unobsky) 4:59
  8. "You Belong to Me" (Carly Simon, Michael McDonald) 4:41
  9. "Wrong Man" (Baker) 5:51
  10. "Only for a While" (Dawn Thomas) 5:16
  11. "Sometimes I Wonder Why" (Mike Reid, Mack David) 4:37
  12. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) 5:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Anita Baker: Lead Vocal (all), Vocal Backing (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), Piano Intro & Synthesized Percussion (both on track 1)
  • Michael Thompson: Rhythm Guitar (track 1)
  • Dean Parks: Guitars (tracks 2, 3, 10)
  • Paul Peterson: Additional Guitars on track 2 and rhythm guitar on track 10
  • Ira Siegel: Guitars (tracks 6, 7), guitar solo on track 7
  • Georg Wadenius: Guitars on track 7
  • Bucky Pizzarelli: Guitars (track 11)
  • John McCurry: Guitars (track 8)
  • Andy Snitzer: Saxophone (track 8)
  • Barry J. Eastmond: Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizers, Synth Strings, Synth Bass, Rhodes Piano, Drum Programming
  • George Duke: Electric Drums, Percussion, Synth Strings, Synclavier Programming (Woodwinds, Strings, Bass, Percussion), Piano, Synthesized Rhodes
  • Joe Sample, Greg Phillinganes, Eddie Howard: Piano
  • Luis Resto: Acoustic & Rhodes Piano, Synth Bass, Synthesizer Pads
  • Michael Bradford: Intro Piano & Synth Programming on track 1
  • Nathan East, James Genus, Anthony Jackson, Charnett Moffett: Bass
  • Joe Mardin: Drums, Percussion, Strings & Woodwinds
  • Bernard Davies, Steve Ferrone: Drums, Percussion

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 3
US Billboard Top R&B Albums 1
UK Album Chart 14

Singles

Year Title US Pop US R&B
1994 "Body and Soul" 36 4
"I Apologize" 74 8
1995 "It's Been You" - 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Rhythm of Love > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Rhythm of Love > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri (September 16, 1994). "Rhythm of Love > review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  4. ^ Dyson, Michael Eric (February 23, 1995). "Anita Baker: Rhythm of Love : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Songstress Anita Baker Successfully Orchestrates Unprecedented Record Label Transfer; Leaves Elektra Records for Atlantic Records". PR Newswire. 1996-09-06. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 

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