Album Review

Lionel Richie: Lionel Richie

ImageWhen Lionel Richie’s publicists speak of his “extraordinary success,” they’re not just talking. After composing all of the Commodores’ biggest hits, this mainstream pop/soul artist turned to producing—and watched his first effort, Kenny Rogers’s version of the Richie-penned “Lady” shoot to number one on pop, soul and country charts. Next, he turned to film music, writing and dueting with Diana Ross on “Endless Love,” which topped pop charts longer than any other song in Motown history. The string of successes should continue with his first solo album, a self-titled package that gives the fans nine doses of what they’ve already bought by the ton: seductive Richie ballads that are short on excitement and innovation but professionally crafted and radio-ready. Pick to click: “My Love.”

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