Give Me the Reason (Luther Vandross album)

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Give Me the Reason
Luther Vandross - Give Me The Reason album cover.jpg
Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released September 19, 1986
Recorded 1985–1986
Studio AIR Studios Montserrat
Minot Sound
(White Plains, New York)
Westlake Recording Studios
(West Hollywood, California)
Genre R&B, soul, pop, adult contemporary
Length 40:18
Label Epic, Legacy
Producer Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller
Luther Vandross chronology
The Night I Fell in Love
Give Me the Reason
Any Love
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times (average)[3]
Robert Christgau B[4]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide (unfavorable)[6]

Give Me the Reason is the fifth studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released on September 19, 1986 (see 1986 in music). The album earned Vandross an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and a nomination for "Favorite Soul/R&B Album" in 1988, while the title track "Give Me the Reason" was nominated for "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male" and "Best R&B Song" at the 29th Grammy Awards in 1987. The album also included Vandross' first top-20 pop hit, "Stop to Love." It also marked a svelte, thinner Vandross due to a weight loss earlier in the year. The album went on to sell over 2 million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In addition to the title track and "Stop to Love," the album features three other hit singles: "There's Nothing Better than Love" (a duet with actor/dancer/singer Gregory Hines), "I Really Didn't Mean It," and "So Amazing."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stop To Love"   Luther Vandross, Nat Adderley, Jr. 5:19
2. "See Me"   Vandross, Marcus Miller 5:29
3. "I Gave It Up (When I Fell in Love)"   Vandross, Miller 4:45
4. "So Amazing"   Vandross 3:41
5. "Give Me the Reason" (from the soundtrack to Ruthless People) Vandross, Adderley 4:45
6. "There's Nothing Better Than Love" (with Gregory Hines) Vandross, Skip Anderson 4:42
7. "I Really Didn't Mean It"   Vandross, Miller 5:43
8. "Because It's Really Love"   Vandross 6:13
9. "Anyone Who Had a Heart"   Burt Bacharach, Hal David 5:45


Chart (1986/1987) Peak
UK Albums Chart 3
U.S. Billboard 200 14
U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Position
US Billboard 200 19


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Give Me the Reason (Luther Vandross album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (1993-10-03). "The Best Of Vandross On Record". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  3. ^ Grein, Paul (1986-10-12). "Vandross: 'Tis the 'reason'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Luther Vandross". Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  5. ^ Aletti, Vince (1987-03-12). "Give Me The Reason". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  6. ^ negative review.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Luther Vandross – Give Me the Reason". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Give Me the Reason in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Luther Vandross – Give Me the Reason". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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