Sweat (Kool & the Gang album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1989
RecordedSeptember 1988-July 1989
GenreSynth-pop, dance-pop, R&B
ProducerKool and the Gang, Royal Bayyan, Nick Martinelli, Curtis Williams, Chuckii Booker, George Brown, Charles Smith
Kool & the Gang chronology
Singles from Sweat
  1. "Raindrops"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Never Give Up"
    Released: 1989

Sweat is the eighteenth studio album by the band Kool & the Gang, released in 1989 following a three-year gap between albums. James "J.T." Taylor, Khalis Bayyan and Robert "Spike" Mickens had departed, and this album showed a refocused band.[1]


Both "Raindrops" (peak #27) and "Never Give Up" (peak #74) on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.[2].

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1/5 stars[3]
New York Daily News(favourable)[4]

Ron Wynn of Allmusic called the album "a completely faceless, aimless record…probably the worst album of their career,".[3] Hugh Wyatt of the New York Daily News called Sweat "one of the year's best recordings".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."I Sweat"Bayyan4:22
2."This Is What a Love Can Do"Bokowski, Varner4:13
3."Never Give Up"Bellochio, Habeeb4:42
4."You Got My Heart on Fire"Haynes, Williams6:29
5."Someday"Bayyan, Martin4:58
Side two
2."In Your Company"Booker5:53
3."I'll Follow You Anywhere"Gazeley, Scher5:37
4."All She Wants to Do Is Dance"Booker3:55
5."How Can I Get Close to You"Brown, Thomas4:22
6."You Are the Meaning of Friend"Block, Smith5:06



Year Chart Peak
1989 German Albums (Offizielle)[5] 28
Swiss Albums (Hitparade)[6] 30
US Billboard Top Soul Albums 52


  1. ^ Kool & The Gang – Sweat at Discogs
  2. ^ "Kool & the Gang: Raindrops (Hot Soul Songs)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  3. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. "Kool & the Gang: Sweat at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b Wyatt, Hugh (July 28, 1989). The Gang's still Kool, and still hot. New York Daily News. p. 59.
  5. ^ "Kool & the Gang: Sweat". offiziellecharts.de. Offizielle Charts.
  6. ^ "Kool and The Gang: Sweat". hitparade.ch. Hitparade.