Just for You (Lionel Richie album)
|Just for You|
|Studio album by Lionel Richie|
|Producer||Tim & Bob, Mark Taylor, Ric Wake, Richie Jones, Se7en Smash Productions, John Dixson, David Bradley, Lenny Kravitz, Daniel Bedingfield, Chuckii Booker, Troy Taylor|
|Lionel Richie chronology|
Just for You is the seventh studio album by Lionel Richie, released on March 8, 2004 in the UK, and May 4, the same year in the US. Released shortly after Richie's divorce from his second wife, the album featured Richie in collaboration with singers and musicians from different backgrounds. It received mixed reviews, with much of the criticism targeted at the album's lyrics. It sold 207,000 copies and peaked at #22 on the American Billboard 200.
Richie, previously a member of the Commodores, had become a solo artist in the early 1980s. With the release of Can't Slow Down in 1983, he became one of the biggest solo acts in the country before leaving the industry in 1987. He began working towards a comeback in the late 1990s but saw little success.
Following the release of his hit compilation album The Definitive Collection in 2003 and his daughter Nicole's appearance in The Simple Life, Richie returned to public attention. Shortly before producing Just for You Richie and his wife, Diane, were divorced; the separation was bitter and very public.
For the album Richie brought singers and musicians from different genres. Lenny Kravitz and Daniel Bedingfield sang duets with him, while songwriters Paul Barry and Mark Taylor – who were best known for light works – wrote several songs. Another guest songwriter was 7 Aurelius, of Murder, Inc.
In a 2004 interview with NBC, Richie stated that he had been approached to record Just for You by his manager in London. He found it easy to write, because "all I had to do was play myself." In another interview, Richie said that – as opposed to "Three Times a Lady", which he had dedicated to his ex-wife Brenda – Just for You was dedicated to himself, an "introverted perspective" on what had excited him.
Release and reception
|Soul Shine Magazine|||
Just for You was released on March 8, 2004 in the United Kingdom and May 4, of that same year in the United States. The album debuted at #47 on Billboard 200 and #22 on the publication's R&B Chart. Three singles from the album, "Just for You", "Just for You (The Dance Remixes)", and "Long Way To Go", charted: "Just for You" performed best of these, peaking at #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart. As of May 2012[update], the album has sold 207,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Richie's subsequent releases have shown a consistent increase in sales, beginning with 2006's Coming Home.
Just for You received mixed reviews. Dominic Darrah of Soul Shine Magazine gave the album four out of five stars, praising its mix of "sweet ballads" and "new sounds". He concludes that Richie's fans will "fall on their knees" after hearing the album. The Guardian's Dave Simpson found that Richie was "disturbingly in tune with the times", mixing "boy band anthems" with funk, rock, and soul.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, writing for Allmusic, gave Just for You three out of five stars, considering the album "well-crafted" and consistent in sound quality and cohesive. He found, however, that the album was weaker than Richie's work in the 1980s. Marcus Reeves of Vibe likewise gave the album three stars, finding that several tracks – such as "She's Amazing" – to be reflective of Richie's earlier work, although he dismissed the "cheesy, clichéd lyrics" of the "we-are-the-world social anthems" included. He concluded that, although the album was well made, it would please only Richie's existing fans.
Jack Smith of BBC Music found Just for You "far better than many would ofdreamed [sic] possible", highlighting the album's two duets as among its best and describing "Just To Be With You Again" as "sensitively produced and performed to absolute perfection". Clare Colley of musicOMH described the album as a "back to basics record", with "Do Ya" and "If You Belong To Me" as its best tracks. Ultimately she was disappointed with the release; she criticized the lyrics as generally "mawkish", with the album overall "chronically underdeveloped and bland".
Christian Hoard and Jon Caramanica of Rolling Stone gave the album two stars out of five, writing that Richie had not "stray[ed] too far from his strengths" in producing the work. Kristina Feliciano of Entertainment Weekly was highly critical of the album, writing that its lyrics were "flaccid", with the sound unproportional. Katie Moten of RTÉ.ie found the album "disappointing", lacking originality; she considered "Do Ya" the only good song.
All songs written by Lionel Richie, co-writers were indicated:
|1.||"Just for You"||Lionel Richie, Paul Barry, Mark Taylor||Taylor||4:33|
|2.||"I Still Believe"||Richie, Barry, Taylor||Taylor||4:55|
|3.||"Long, Long Way To Go"||Wayne Hector, Steve Robson||Ric Wake, Richie Jones[a]||4:21|
|4.||"Just to be With You Again"||Richie, Barry, Taylor||Taylor||3:32|
|5.||"She's Amazing"||Richie, 7 Aurelius, Chuckii Booker, Bashiri Johnson, Paul Bushnell||Se7en Smash Productions||4:36|
|6.||"Ball and Chain"||Richie, John Dixson, David Bradley||Richie, Dixson[b], Bradley[b]||3:16|
|7.||"The World Is A Party"||Richie, 7 Aurelius||Se7en Smash Productions||3:25|
|8.||"Time of Our Life" (featuring Lenny Kravitz)||Richie, Lenny Kravitz||Kravitz||5:07|
|9.||"Outrageous"||Richie, Barry, Taylor||Taylor||4:30|
|10.||"Road to Heaven"||Richie, 7 Aurelius, Trevor Lawrence, Jr., Charles Fearing, Johnson, Bushnell||Se7en Smash Productions||4:20|
|11.||"Dance for the World"||Richie, 7 Aurelius||Se7en Smash Productions||4:01|
|12.||"Do Ya" (duet with Daniel Bedingfield)||Richie, Daniel Bedingfield, Eric Appaoulay, David Hart||Bedingfield[c], Booker[c], Troy Taylor[a]||2:39|
|13.||"In My Dreams"||Richie, 7 Aurelius, Miredys Peguero, Booker||Se7en Smash Productions||4:56|
|14.||"One World"||Richie, Barry, Taylor||Taylor||3:52|
- ^[a] signifies an additional producer
- ^[b] signifies a co-producer
- ^[c] signifies an original producer
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