Louder Than Words (album)

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Louder Than Words
Lionel Richie Louder than Words CD cover.JPG
Studio album by Lionel Richie
Released April 16, 1996
Genre R&B, new jack swing
Length 1:07:05
Label Mercury
Producer James Anthony Carmichael, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie chronology
Back to Front
Louder Than Words
Truly: The Love Songs

Louder Than Words is the fourth studio album by Lionel Richie, released on April 16, 1996. It also marked the first time he released a studio album of new material in ten years. In 1992 he released just three new tracks on his compilation album Back to Front. Louder Than Words debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 with a disappointing sales of 28,000 copies,[1] and only peaked at #28.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars link
Robert Christgau (neither) link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Piece of Love" Booker T. Jones, Marva King, Jeff Byrd Lionel Richie, James Anthony Carmichael 4:04
2. "Still in Love" Richie Richie, Carmichael 4:33
3. "I Wanna Take You Down" James Harris III, Terry Lewis Richie, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis 5:01
4. "Can't Get Over You" Richie Richie, Carmichael 4:33
5. "Change" Richie, David Cochrane Richie, Carmichael 5:01
6. "Nothing Else Matters" Richie Richie, Carmichael 4:34
7. "Ordinary Girl" Richie, Babyface Richie, Carmichael 5:01
8. "Say I Do" Harris III, Lewis, James Wright Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis 5:01
9. "Paradise" Richie, Lloyd Tolbert Richie, Carmichael 5:02
10. "Don't Wanna Lose You" Richie, Harris III, Lewis Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis 5:01
11. "Now You're Gone" Richie Richie, Carmichael 5:43
12. "Lovers at First Sight" Richie Richie, Carmichael 6:59
13. "Climbing" Richie Richie, David Foster 6:26
  • The Italian issues include a bonus track, "Amo, T'Amo, Ti Amo" (the Italian version of "Still in Love"). Also worth noting, some issues of Louder Than Words omit the track, "Now You're Gone".


  1. ^ "Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.". Los Angeles Times. April 25, 1996. Retrieved March 1, 2012.