Words (Tony Rich album)

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Words
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Studio album by The Tony Rich Project
Released January 16, 1996
Recorded 1995, Doppler Studios
Genre R&B, neo soul
Length 41:34
Label LaFace, Arista
Producer Tony Rich, Antonio M. Reid (exec.)
The Tony Rich Project chronology
Words
(1996)
Birdseye
(1998)
Singles from Words
  1. "Nobody Knows"
    Released: January 14, 1996
  2. "Like a Woman"
    Released: August 5, 1996
  3. "Leavin'"
    Released: November 11, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[4]
New York Times (favorable)[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
USA Today 3/4 stars[8]
Washington Post (favorable)[9]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[10]

Words is the debut album by American R&B musician Tony Rich (under the moniker "The Tony Rich Project"), released January 16, 1996 on LaFace Records. The album is produced, written, arranged and performed by Rich. In 1997, the album won a Grammy Award for the Best R&B Album.

At the start of 1996 with the acoustic R&B ballad, "Nobody Knows", the song was a hit peaking at #2 for 2 weeks, going platinum, and spending almost a year on the Billboard Hot 100 (47 weeks).[citation needed]

In total three singles were released from Words: "Nobody Knows", "Like a Woman", and "Leavin'".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hey Blue" – 3:48
  2. "Nobody Knows" – 5:06
  3. "Like a Woman" – 4:08
  4. "Grass is Green" – 4:08
  5. "Ghost" – 4:21
  6. "Leavin'" – 3:44
  7. "Billy Goat" – 4:11
  8. "Under Her Spell" – 4:24
  9. "Little Ones" – 3:37
  10. "Missin' You" – 3:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Tony Rich: Main Vocal
  • Nuri: Additional Vocals
  • Joe Rich: Keyboards
  • John Frye, Peter Moore: Acoustic Guitars
  • Reggie Griffin: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
  • Colin Wolfe: Bass

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Words - The Tony Rich Project". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 21, 1996). "Consumer Guide May 21, 1996". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05.
  3. ^ Browne, David (February 23, 1996). "WORDS Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  4. ^ Hilburn, Robert (January 28, 1996). "A Savory, Soulful Debut". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  5. ^ Columnist. "The Tony Rich Project: Words". The New York Times: 30. February 11, 1996.
  6. ^ Columnist. "The Tony Rich Project: Words". Q: 115. March 2000.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Ayers, Anne. "The Tony Rich Project, Words". USA Today: 3.D. January 30, 1996.
  9. ^ Joyce, Mike. "Rich, Harper: Singers First, Writers Second". The Washington Post: February 7, 1996.
  10. ^ [2][dead link]