Stansfield — Affection
Produced by Ian Devaney & Andy Morris
All Around The World was a stunning
smash hit which kicks off an album that proudly borrows from the seventies
genre of big horns and strings. The big surprise is discovering the
owner of this great soulful voice.
Whitney Houston I'm
Your Baby Tonight
Her first collaboration with Babyface (the
title track is one of his best productions) but the best songs are
produced by her old standbys: All The Man That I Need (Narada) and After
We Make Love (Michael Masser).
With her looks and voice, it was obvious
that Mariah Carey was going to be a huge star and so it was no surprise
that her debut was a big hit yielding three #1 singles. Features Vision
Of Love which is probably still her best song ever.
Michael Franks Blue
Michael Franks is a lyrical genius and I
think this is his best album. Features the Quiet Storm favorites Chez
Nous and The Art Of Love.
Oleta Adams Circle Of
Produced by Roland Orzabal & Dave Bascombe
After her collaboration with Tears For
Fears, Oleta Adams stands on her own with this solid debut. Features
a remake of Brenda Russell's Get Here and Will We Ever Learn.
Produced by Michael Powell
Not as good an album as Rapture but
any Anita Baker album is worth it just to listen to her voice!
Features Fairy Tales and No One To Blame.
Earth, Wind & Fire
Produced by Maurice White
Yet another disappointing EWF album with its
low points being the collaborations with MC Hammer. Still, the title
track (featuring The Boys) and Anything You Want make this album
worth the purchase.
Jeffrey Osborne Only
After a long hiatus, Jeffrey reappears on a
new label. Not his best work but the title track and We're
Getting Better All The Time are winners.
Features When Will It Be, a great
duet with Anita Baker and the hits Show Me and If I Could Only
Have That Day Back.