The Lover in Me (album)

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The Lover in Me
Studio album by Sheena Easton
Released November 15, 1988 / re-released 2006
Recorded 1987-1988
Genre Funk, Soul, Pop, R&B
Length 49:43
Label MCA/Cherry Red
Producer L.A. Reid & Babyface, Daryl Simmons & Kevin Roberson, David Leonard, Prince, Angela L. Winbush, John Jellybean Benitez
Sheena Easton chronology
No Sound But a Heart
(1987)
The Lover In Me
(1988)
What Comes Naturally
(1991)

The Lover in Me is the tenth studio album by Scottish singer, Sheena Easton. It was released in November 1988 and was her debut for MCA. The album reached #44 on the Billboard 200 and #30 in the UK, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. This is one of Easton's best selling albums to date and returned her back to the U.S. and UK charts. Significantly, in the UK it was her first charting album for over five years, with the lead single becoming her first top 20 hit for nearly eight years.

The album's title track became a major hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, and #15 on the UK Singles Chart. Other hit singles from the album include "Days Like This" (#35 on the US R&B chart, UK #43) and "101" (UK #54 US Dance #2). "101" was written for Easton by Prince. One last single was released in the US; "No Deposit, No Return", but failed to chart.

The song "Follow My Rainbow" is featured in an episode (Deliver Us From Evil) from Miami Vice where Easton is singing the song in concert minutes before she is killed off in the series. The song made #16 on the Dutch and New Zealand singles chart.

The album has a more Urban/R&B sound than previous recordings due to the production by well-known acts such as L.A. Reid, Babyface and John Jellybean Benitez.

In 2006, Cherry Red Records (UK) re-released The Lover in Me remastered with bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "No Deposit, No Return" (Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Kevin Roberson, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Daryl Simmons) 5:55
  2. "The Lover in Me" (Edmonds, Reid, Simmons) 5:02
  3. "Follow My Rainbow" (Edmonds) 4:55
  4. "Without You" (Angela Winbush) 5:37
  5. "If It's Meant to Last" (Danny Sembello, Allee Willis) 4:07

Side Two

  1. "Days Like This" (Reid, Simmons) 5:07
  2. "One Love" (Edmonds, Reid) 4:54
  3. "101" (Joey Coco) 4:06
  4. "Cool Love" (Joey Coco) 4:03
  5. "Fire and Rain" (Winbush) 5:56

2006 re-release bonus tracks

  1. "The Lover in Me" (Extended Dub Version)
  2. "Days Like This" (7' Version)
  3. "101" (The Remix)
  4. "No Deposit, No Return" (Radio Edit)

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Billboard magazine, December 1988 The Lover In Me shows Sheena Easton taking her career in a new direction. With production by L.A. & Babyface, Angela Winbush, Jellybean Benitez, and on "101", Prince, the album is smart, sexy, and soulful.

Rolling Stone magazine, 1989 "The Lover In Me" (MCA) by Sheena Easton has got to be one of the most satisfying comeback albums this year. A new label and a clearer musical vision stretches Easton's vocal gifts considerably. Adopting a genuine R&B dance mode, the album's material overall is quite strong and is destined to garner Easton many new fans. Of the L.A. & Babyface productions on the album, the hit title track, "Days Like This" and "No Deposit, No Return" are the standouts featuring the production duo's customary style. One of our favorites is the Angela Winbush penned and produced "Fire and Rain," a sultry, soulful and very Isley-ish slow number that we hope clicks at radio.

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Babyface, Jellybean Benitez, Kayo, David Leonard, Prince, L.A. Reid & Angela L. Winbush
  • Engineers: Eddie DeLena, Jon Gass, Mitch Gibson, Dave McNair, Eddie Miller, Susan Rogers
  • Assistant Engineers: Spencer Chrislu, Scott Gootman, Toni Greene, John Guggenheim, Mary House, Fred Howard, Coke Johnson, Paul Logus, Jeff Poe, Dennis Stefani, Donnell Sullivan
  • Mixing: Babyface, Jon Gass, Jellybean Benitez, David Leonard, Dave McNair, L.A. Reid
  • Mix Assistants: Andy Batwinas, Robin Laine, Dan Marnien
  • Re-Mixing: Csaba Petocz

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1988 "The Lover in Me " US Billboard Pop #2
1988 "The Lover in Me " US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #1
1988 "The Lover in Me " US Hot Dance Club Play #2
1988 "The Lover in Me " US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs #5
1989 "The Lover in Me" UK Single Charts #15
1989 "Days Like This" US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs #35
1989 "Days Like This" UK Single Charts #43
1989 "101" US Hot Dance Club Play #2
1989 "101" US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #25
1989 "101" UK Single Charts #54
1989 "No Deposit, No Return"
1990 "Follow My Rainbow" New Zealand Singles Chart #16

Videos[edit]

  • The Lover In Me (Director-Dominic Sena)
  • Days Like This
  • 101
  • Follow My Rainbow (Promo Video) Contained footage from the Television series "Miami Vice"


Country Certification Sales
United States Gold 500,000

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