Larger than Life (album)

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Larger Than Life
Jody Watley - Larger than Life.jpg
Studio album by Jody Watley
Released March 27, 1989
Genre
Length 61:59
Label MCA
Producer
Jody Watley chronology
Jody Watley
(1987)Jody Watley1987
Larger Than Life
(1989)
You Wanna Dance with Me?
(1989)You Wanna Dance with Me?1989
Singles from Larger than Life
  1. "Real Love"
    Released: March 18, 1989
  2. "Friends"
    Released: April 15, 1989
  3. "Everything"
    Released: August 22, 1989
  4. "Precious Love"
    Released: February 27, 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Q3/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB−[3]

Larger Than Life is the second studio album by American singer Jody Watley, released by MCA Records on March 27, 1989.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by André Cymone and Jody Watley, except where noted.

Side One
No.TitleLength
1."Real Love"4:23
2."Friends"4:30
3."Everything" (Gardner Cole, James Newton Howard)4:15
4."What 'cha Gonna Do for Me"4:12
5."L.O.V.E.R."4:49
6."For Love's Sake"5:26
Side Two
No.TitleLength
7."Lifestyle"4:14
8."Precious Love"4:45
9."Something New" (André Cymone, Jody Watley, Franne Golde)4:20
10."Once You Leave"4:01
11."Come into My Life"5:31
12."Only You"3:53

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: André Cymone, Jeff Lorber
  • Engineers: David Bianco, Bobby Brooks, Dan Marnien, Jeff Poe
  • Assistant engineers: Andy Batwinas, Lawrence Fried, Dave "the Blade" Knight
  • Mixing: Brian Malouf
  • Remixing: Louis Silas, Jr.
  • Mastering: Steve Hall
  • Production assistant: Ivy Skoff
  • Overdubs: André Cymone
  • Special edits: Greg Royal
  • Programming: Todd Horriman
  • Spanish translation: Maria Gallagher
  • Art direction: Lynn Robb
  • Design: Lynn Robb
  • Cover design: Lynn Robb
  • Cover art concept: Jody Watley
  • Photography: Mac James, Steven Meisel
  • Paintings: Mac James
  • Artwork: Jody Watley
  • Stylist: Jody Watley

Reception[edit]

"Cymone remains as slickly up to the minute as ever," observed Q's Mark Cooper, "filling his enormous rhythm sound with hip-hop references… Occasionally Watley lets the pose slip and slips into a passively sensuous ballad like 'Everything', but mostly she keeps acting stroppy. Perhaps she's annoyed at the lack of any tune to match that first hit; more likely she thinks looking angry makes her sexy."[2]

Tour[edit]

Following the success of the Billboard chart hit singles, "Real Love" and "Friends", Watley embarked on a U.S. summer tour to support the album.[4][5]

Setlist

  1. "What Cha Gonna Do for Me"
  2. "Don't You Want Me"
  3. "Still a Thrill"
  4. "L.O.V.E.R."
  5. "For Love's Sake"
  6. "Most of All"
  7. "Everything"
  8. "Precious Love"
  9. "Some Kind of Lover"
  10. "Friends"
  11. "Looking for a New Love"
  12. "Real Love"

Shows

Date City Venue[6][7][8]
June 2, 1989 Portland, Oregon Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
June 10, 1989 Los Angeles, California Wiltern Theater
June 24, 1989 Sunrise, Florida Sunrise Music Theatre
June 25, 1989 Tampa, Florida Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
June 26, 1989 Orlando, Florida Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
July 1, 1989 Detroit, Michigan Fox Theatre
July 8, 1989 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Tower Theatre
July 10, 1989 Beacon, New York Beacon Theatre
July 21, 1989 Chicago, Illinois Riviera Theater
August 3, 1989 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 16
US Top R&B Albums 5

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Real Love" Dance/Club Play Songs 1
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 2
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song 1
Billboard Hot 100 2
"Friends" Dance/Club Play Songs 7
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
Billboard Hot 100 9
"Everything" Adult Contemporary 11
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
Billboard Hot 100 4
1990 "Precious Love" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 51
Billboard Hot 100 87

End of Year Charts

End of Year Chart (1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[9] 51
U.S. Billboard Black Albums[10] 22

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