Rapture (Anita Baker album)

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Studio album by Anita Baker
Released March 20, 1986
Recorded 1985
Length 37:09
Label Elektra
Anita Baker chronology
The Songstress
(1983)The Songstress1983
Giving You the Best That I Got
(1988)Giving You the Best That I Got1988

Rapture is the second album by the American vocalist Anita Baker. It was released in 1986, and became her breakout album, selling over 8 million copies worldwide (of which 5 million in the US[1]) and earning her two Grammy Awards. The album's first track, "Sweet Love", was a top 10 Billboard hit in addition to winning a Grammy Award. The music video for the track "Same Ole Love" was filmed and recorded at Baker's Keyboard Lounge.[2] While releasing the album, Baker and Michael J. Powell became friends and were members of the short-lived group Chapter 8 and Powell agreed to work with Baker on her next album.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
MusicHound R&B4.5/5[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB–[5]

Rapture was released by Elektra Records in March 1986, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and number 13 on the UK Albums Chart.[6] Promoted with two hit singles in "Sweet Love" and "Caught Up in the Rapture",[6] the album received significant airplay on both black radio and Top 40 formats, unlike Baker's 1983 debut The Songstress.[7] By October 1987, Rapture had sold three million copies.[8] It propelled Baker to stardom in soul and pop music during the late 1980s, winning two Grammy Awards and eventually sold over six million copies worldwide.[6]

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Rob Hoerburger regarded Rapture as a relatively "modest" album compared to more histrionic female singers, while praising the symbiotic relationship Baker shared with her band. Occasionally, he believed, the groove-based music lacked variety, and the singer drifted into "some superfluous scatting and pseudo-jazz harmony", but Hoerburger ultimately deemed her "an acquired but enduring taste".[9] At the end of 1986, Rapture was voted the 23rd best album of the year in the Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics, published by The Village Voice.[10] Robert Christgau, the newspaper's lead music critic, was less impressed and viewed the record as merely a soulful, sexier version of soft rock and easy listening: "it's all husky, burnished mood, the fulfillment of the quiet-storm format black radio ... a reification of the human voice as vehicle of an expression purer than expression ever ought to be".[5]

In 1989, Rapture was ranked #36 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest albums from the 1980s.[11] In retrospect, AllMusic's Alex Henderson said, "Rapture's tremendous success made it clear that there was still a sizeable market for adult-oriented, more traditional R&B singing."[3] According to The Mojo Collection (2007), "when provocative new trends in black music were exploding from the street by the month, Baker kept her head and made a traditional (i.e., with its roots in the '70s) soul record with brooding, slow-burn minor tunes of romantic celebration and earthy longing."[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Sweet Love"Anita Baker, Louis A. Johnson, Gary Bias4:26
2."You Bring Me Joy"David Lasley4:24
3."Caught Up in the Rapture"Garry Glenn, Dianne Quander5:07
4."Been So Long"Baker5:07
5."Mystery"Rod Temperton4:56
6."No One in the World" (Produced by Marti Sharron and Gary Skardina)Ken Hirsch, Marti Sharron4:10
7."Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)"Marilyn Mcleod, Darryl K. Roberts4:05
8."Watch Your Step"Baker4:54



  • Executive Producer: Anita Baker
  • Produced By Michael J. Powell (Tracks 1-5, 7-8), Marti Sharron (Track 6), & Gary Skardina (Track 6)
  • Engineers: Robert Feist (Track 6), Barney Perkins (Tracks 1-5, 7-8), Gary Skardina (Track 6)
  • Assistant Engineers: Keith "KC" Cohen, Fred Law, Tony Ray, Keith Seppanen (Tracks 1-5, 7-8)
  • Mixing: Michael J. Powell
  • Mastering: Barry Diament, Bernie Grundman


Grammy Awards

Year Song Category Result
1987 "Caught Up in the Rapture" Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Won
"Sweet Love" Best R&B Song Won


Year Single Chart[12][13] Position
1986 "Sweet Love" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard R&B 2
U.S. Billboard AC 3
UK Singles Chart 13
"Caught Up in the Rapture" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 37
U.S. Billboard R&B 6
U.S. Billboard AC 9
UK Singles Chart 51
"Watch Your Step" U.S. Billboard R&B 23
1987 "Same Ole Love" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard R&B 8
U.S. Billboard AC 6
UK Singles Chart 100
"No One in the World" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard R&B 5
U.S. Billboard AC 9



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "People are talking about ...", Jet (April 6, 1987) p 53
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Rapture > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  4. ^ a b c "Rapture". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (February 3, 1987). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d Agarwal, Manish; et al. (2007). The Mojo Collection (4th ed.). Canongate Books. p. 501. ISBN 184767643X. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Connie (December 29, 1986). "Anita Baker Breaks Out Of Pop Pack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Hunt, Dennis (October 30, 1987). "Pop Lp Chart". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ Hoerburger, Rob (September 11, 1986). "Anita Baker: Rapture : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  10. ^ Anon. (March 3, 1987). "The 1986 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Rapture CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ Anita Baker Chart history-R&B.Billboar.com
  13. ^ Anita Baker Chart history-Adult Contemporary.Billboard.com
  14. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  15. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 45, No. 24" (PHP). RPM. 1987-03-14. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  16. ^ "charts.org.nz Anita Baker – Rapture" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  17. ^ "swedishcharts.com Anita Baker – Rapture" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  18. ^ "Anita Baker > Artists > Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  19. ^ a b c "Allmusic: Rapture : Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  20. ^ "Album Search: Anita Baker – Rapture" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  21. ^ "Billboard.BIZ  – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1986". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  22. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1987". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  23. ^ "Billboard.BIZ: Top Pop Albums of 1988". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Anita Baker – Rapture". Music Canada. 
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Anita Baker – Rapture". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Rapture in the search field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Anita Baker – Rapture". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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