I Love Your Smile

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"I Love Your Smile"
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Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
ReleasedOctober 22, 1991
RecordedNovember 1990–September 1991
Genre
Length
  • 4:19 (album version)
  • 3:56 (radio version)
  • 3:50 (Driza Bone single remix)
LabelMotown (2093)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Shanice singles chronology
"This Time"
(1988)
"I Love Your Smile"
(1991)
"I'm Cryin'"
(1992)

"I Love Your Smile" is a song by American singer-songwriter, actress and dancer Shanice, released in 1991 as the lead single from her second studio album, Inner Child (1991). The song features a saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis as well as laughter from Janet Jackson and René Elizondo Jr. near the end of the song. The track was produced by Louis Biancaniello, with vocals produced by Narada Michael Walden. The radio version of the song removes the rap bridge from the album version.

To date, "I Love Your Smile" is Shanice's best known and most successful hit.[1] It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me" by George Michael and Elton John and "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred, and it topped the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 4 weeks in December 1991 and January 1992. In Europe, "I Love Your Smile" peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart after being remixed by Driza Bone and reached the top of the Dutch Top 40 in the Netherlands. In 1992, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Shanice performed this song as the first musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 25, 1992.[2] A music video was made for the song, featuring Shanice in a studio having several pictures taken by a photographer.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic editor Tim Griggs picked "I Love Your Smile" as one of the "standout" tracks from Inner Child.[3] Larry Flick from Billboard described it as a "slinky R&B tune", noting that Shanice's "matured voice sounds like a cross between Chaka Khan and Janet Jackson, sprawling out comfortably over a subtle and percussive groove that is framed with warm sax lines."[4] Bryan DeVaney and Randy Clark from Cashbox stated, "Compared to her previous projects, you can clearly tell that Wilson has matured both musically and vocally to take this project to its limits."[5] A reviewer from Ealing Leader commented that "this little bundle of dynamite shows great promise with a warm debut single."[6] Swedish newspaper Expressen noted its "whispering happy jingle".[7] Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report wrote, "Only in her teens, Shanice Wilson is anything but a newcomer, having arrived on the scene in the late eighties and scoring instant airplay. But this should be the effort that really sparks her career."[8] Lakeland Ledger said her voice is "playful and spunky".[9]

Alan Jones from Music Week's RM Dance Update deemed it "a likeable and highly commercial pop/dance workout, it will doubtless be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic."[10] Another editor, James Hamilton noted the former child star's "delightful breathily gurgling, humming, whistling, tinkling and (Branford Marsalis's jazz sax) tooting jiggly jogging cheerful swayer".[11] A reviewer from People Magazine stated that it "has risen to the top of the R&B charts on its jaunty, literally bells-and-whistles riff, its jazzy a cappella refrain and a walloping beat."[12] Porcys listed it at number 46 in their ranking of "100 Singles 1990-1999" in 2012, adding, "The career of the singer did not flourish somehow stunning, but this one song, this one "turutututururu" is immortal. This sweet chorus has probably one of the most naturally catchy melodies of all time."[13] Mark Frith from Smash Hits complimented it as a "infectious swingbeat tune".[14]

Track listings[edit]

  • 7-inch single
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (radio version) — 3:46
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (instrumental) — 4:14
  • 7-inch single—Driza Bone remix
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone single remix) — 3:50
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (original version) — 3:46
  • CD single 1
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (radio version) — 3:46
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (extended version) — 4:14
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (instrumental) — 4:14
  • CD single 2
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone single remix)
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone club mix)
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone dub mix)
  4. "I Love Your Smile" (original single version)

Personnel[edit]

  • All vocals and rap by Shanice Wilson
  • Drums and programming by Narada Michael Walden
  • Keyboards, drum programming, programming and synthesized bass by Louis Biancaniello
  • Saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis
  • Background vocals by Alyssa Lala, Crystal Wilson, David A. Miguel, Jack McAdoo, David Lee, Diamond D, Eric Daniels, Jarvis La Rue Baker, Kathy Horton, Label Atkinson, Lisa Walden, Mike Mani

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Shirley Kwan covered the song in Cantonese in 1992 for her album "製造迷夢".
  • Dutch R&B group duo R'n'G covered the song in 1998 for a tribute album "Hands on Motown".
  • Tiffany Evans covered the song in 2004 for her self-titled first EP.
  • Kaori Kobayashi covered the song in 2005 for her debut album Solar, Kaori's Collection.
  • Talib Kweli referenced the song in his song "Hot Thing" from his 2007 album, Eardrum.
  • Jakob Elvstrøm covered the song in 2009 for his album "SaxClub vol.1".
  • The song was sampled by Zimbabwean artist Rockford Josphat 'Roki' in his track "Zuva neZuva" which featured SK and Pauline.
  • Sections of the song were interpolated in Chris Brown's 2019 single "Undecided".
  • The song was sampled by UK artist HRVY for his 2021 single "Runaway with it".
  • The song was sampled by British pop group Jamiroquai in the 1993 song "Too Young to Die", with interpolated chorus.
  • The song was sampled by Serbian pop-dance group Moby Dick in the 1995 song "Ne reci mi", with interpolated intro.

See also[edit]

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