Straight from the Heart (Patrice Rushen album)

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Straight from the Heart
Studio album by Patrice Rushen
Released April 14, 1982
Genre Jazz-pop, R&B
Length 39:54
Label Elektra
Producer Charles Mims Jr., Patrice Rushen (also exec.)
Patrice Rushen chronology
Straight from the Heart
Singles from Straight from the Heart
  1. "Forget Me Nots"
  2. "Breakout!"
  3. "I Was Tired of Being Alone"

Straight from the Heart is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Patrice Rushen, released on April 14, 1982, by Elektra Records.[1] It features her most recognizable song, "Forget Me Nots", the oft-sampled "Remind Me" and the popular instrumental workout "Number One".

The album is Rushen's most successful album to date, reaching #14 on the album charts. The success of "Forget Me Nots" is perhaps considered the major contributor to the album's popularity at the time of its release.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "C+" and said that he prefers side one's "dancy vamp" over the songwriting on side two by Rushen, whom he called a fashionable "ingenue".[3] In a retrospective review, Allmusic's Andy Kellman gave it four out of five stars and called it "an early-'80s jazz-pop-R&B synthesis as durable and pleasing as any other".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Forget Me Nots"   Patrice Rushen, Teri McFadden, Freddie Washington 4:45
2. "I Was Tired of Being Alone"   Angela Ehgiator, Rushen, Washington, Charles Mims Jr. 3:52
3. "All We Need"   Roy Galloway, Rushen 5:54
4. "Number One" (Instrumental) Rushen 4:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Where There Is Love"   Lynn Davis, Rushen, Washington 3:11
6. "Breakout!"   Rushen, Brenda Russell 4:07
7. "If Only"   Mims Jr., Rushen, Syreeta Wright 3:23
8. "Remind Me"   Karen Evans, Rushen 5:18
9. "(She Will) Take You Down to Love"   Fay Hauser, Rushen 4:24




  • Executive Producer: Patrice Rushen
  • Produced By Patrice Rushen & Charles Mims Jr.
  • Engineers: Peter Chaikin
  • Re-Mixing: F. Byron Clark, Phillip Moores
  • Mastering: John Golden
  • Remastering: Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Straight from the Heart - Patrice Rushen : Release Information". AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
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  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 6, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Straight from the Heart - Patrice Rushen". Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 

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