When a Woman Loves (album)

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When a Woman Loves
Studio album by Patti LaBelle
Released October 24, 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop
Label MCA Records
Producer Patti LaBelle (exec), Diane Warren (exec), Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, James "Big Jim" Wright, Hex Hector & Mac Quayle
Patti LaBelle chronology
Flame
(1997)
When a Woman Loves
(2000)
Timeless Journey
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
People (average)[3]
Vibe 4/5 stars[4]
Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews 1.5/5 stars[5]

When a Woman Loves is the fourteenth solo album released by singer Patti LaBelle, her sixth ever on the MCA Records label. The album was released on October 24, 2000.

Background[edit]

By 2000, Patti LaBelle had achieved solo success with at least one platinum album and four gold albums. Four of the certified successes were with MCA Records, a company she had been an artist with since 1985. With the guidance of the label and with her husband, Armstead Edwards, LaBelle had finally achieved the solo success that had mostly eluded her since leaving the flashy pop group, Labelle, in 1976. It had been three years since her last album, the gold-certified Flame, which yielded the modestly popular hit, "When You Talk About Love".

After winning a second Grammy Award for her live album, Live! One Night Only, LaBelle laid low. The marriage of LaBelle and Edwards seemed to be solid but in early 2000, the couple made news by announcing a trial separation after 31 years of marriage. The news shocked fans of the singer, who had told the media that the couple's relationship was built on their opposite differences. Following news of the separation, LaBelle returned to the recording studio to work on her next studio album for MCA Records. Noting the modest success they had with LaBelle's original 1989 version of "If You Asked Me To", LaBelle and the song's writer, Diane Warren agreed to work together on LaBelle's new album.

Recording[edit]

When A Woman Loves featured production from not only Warren and friend Denise Rich, who co-wrote several tracks, but also longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, producers of LaBelle's last two hits, "The Right Kinda Lover" and "When You Talk About Love". Upon its release, when critics heard the new tracks, they thought that LaBelle's impending divorce from her husband Edwards was the cause of the sound from the tracks and from the singer's voice, though LaBelle would later deny such stories. Because Edwards had also served as LaBelle's manager for nearly 30 years, Edwards also left his position as manager leaving that position to the couple's son Zuri.

Commercial reception[edit]

Upon its release, When a Woman Loves tanked on the pop and R&B charts after its release in October 2000. The album's sole single, "Call Me Gone", failed to chart and was given poor radio airplay. Though the title track did get airplay and LaBelle sometimes sung the song during the record's promotion, it was never released as a single and the album dropped out of the charts after only ten weeks, becoming the first LaBelle studio album since This Christmas, to not be certified.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Diane Warren

  1. "The Kitchen" (0:57)
  2. "When a Woman Loves" (4:47)
  3. "Make Tonight Beautiful" (4:42)
  4. "If I Was a River" (4:27)
  5. "Why Do We Hurt Each Other" (5:59)
  6. "Too Many Tears, Too Many Times" (5:30)
  7. "Call Me Gone" (4:46)
  8. "Time Will" (5:47)
  9. "Tell Where It Hurts" (4:01)
  10. "I'll Still Love You More" (4:41)
  11. "Love Will Lead You Back" (5:03)
  12. "When a Woman Loves" (reprise) (2:53)

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