Staying Power (album)

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Staying Power
Studio album by Barry White
Released July 27, 1999
Recorded Record One, Sherman Oaks, California
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California
Enterprise Studios, Burbank, California
Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre R&B, soul
Length 67:56
Label Private Music/BMG Records
Producer Barry White, Jack Perry
Barry White chronology
The Icon Is Love
(1994)
Staying Power
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link

Staying Power is the twentieth and last album by American R&B singer Barry White, released in July 1999. The album was White's first release for five years, and his only recording for the Private Music label, with whom he had signed following a four-album deal with A&M which had culminated in 1994 with the acclaimed The Icon Is Love, his most successful album since the 1970s.

Staying Power features duets with Chaka Khan and Lisa Stansfield. These are the only White tracks with a shared vocal credit, apart from the 1981 duet album Barry and Glodean. Lead single "Staying Power", although not a significant hit, won White two Grammy Awards in 2000 in the categories Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Staying Power was less successful than The Icon Is Love, peaking at #13 on the R&B chart and #43 on the pop chart. Similarly, its critical reception was more mixed, the overall opinion tending to the view that while there is little to find fault with, the material and production is less distinguished than had been the case with The Icon Is Love. (Allmusic reviewer Stephen Erlewine for example describes Staying Power as "...classy and entertaining, but [it] doesn't add to the legacy".)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Staying Power" (Rory Holmes, Joey Paschal) - 6:10
  2. "Don't Play Games" (Barry White, Jack Perry, Steve Guillory) - 7:24
  3. "The Longer We Make Love" (White, Aaron Schroeder, Marlon Saunders) - 5:48 (duet with Chaka Khan)
  4. "I Get Off on You" (White, Perry, Kashif) - 6:30
  5. "Which Way Is Up" (White, Perry, Doug Rasheed) - 5:42
  6. "Get Up" (White, Perry) - 6:11
  7. "Sometimes" (White) - 6:55
  8. "Low Rider" (Howard Scott, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Leroy Jordan, Jerry Goldstein, Morris Dickerson, Harold Brown, Sylvester Allen) - 5:17
  9. "Thank You" (Sylvester Stewart) - 5:46
  10. "Slow Your Roll" (White, Perry, Paschal) - 5:46
  11. "The Longer We Make Love" (White, Schroeder, Saunders) - 6:27 (duet with Lisa Stansfield)

Singles[edit]

  • "Staying Power" (US R&B #45)