This Time (Al Jarreau album)

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This Time
Studio album by Al Jarreau
Released 1980
Genre Jazz
R&B
Length 42:19
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jay Graydon
Al Jarreau chronology
All Fly Home
(1978)
This Time
(1980)
Breakin' Away
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

This Time is the fourth studio album by Jazz vocalist Al Jarreau, released in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. The release marked a change in Jarreau's sound to a more R&B-oriented flavor. As a result, the album achieved more success on the mainstream charts than his previous works, while also topping the Jazz Charts. It also reached #6 on the R&B charts and #27 on the Billboard 200.[2]"

This Time marked Jarreau's first foray into the top 40 on the Hot 200 or top ten on the R&B charts, as well as his first #1 on the Jazz charts.[3] His next album would prove even more successful, topping both the Jazz and R&B charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Never Givin' Up" (Canning, Jarreau) – 3:56
  2. "Gimme What You Got" (Canning, Jarreau) – 3:43
  3. "Love Is Real" (Canning, Jarreau, Kellock) – 4:23
  4. "Alonzo" (Jarreau) – 5:25
  5. "(If I Could Only) Change Your Mind" (Canning, Willis) – 4:16
  6. "Spain (I Can Recall)" (Corea, Jarreau, Maren) – 6:31
  7. "Distracted" (Jarreau) – 5:51
  8. "Your Sweet Love" (Canning, Jarreau, Kellock) – 4:13
  9. "(A Rhyme) This Time" (Jarreau, Klugh) – 3:42

Charts & Awards[edit]

"Never Givin' Up" peaked at #26 R&B, while "Distracted" and Gimme What You Got" peaked at #61 and #63 on the R&B charts.[4]

"Never Givin' Up" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male in 1981, Jarreau's first nomination in the R&B field. It lost to Jarreau's Warner Bros. labelmate George Benson for the Give Me the Night album,[5] who had recently undergone a similar change in sound.[6]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ This Time Charts and Awards at Allmusic
  3. ^ Career Charts and Awards at Allmusic
  4. ^ Singles Charts and Awards on Allmusic
  5. ^ 1981 Grammy Awards Winner for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at Allmusic
  6. ^ Give Me the Night at Allmusic