Anita Baker Rhythm Of Love
After Anita Baker's impressive second album Rapture, she
instantly climbed in the upper echelons of soul divas. Her next two albums didn't quite
live up to the now high expectations. She decided to take a four year hiatus during which
she had two kids. Her return to recording was well worth the wait because I think Rhythm
Of Love is the best album ever by a female artist. Anita sports a fresh attitude and
confidence that exudes through every song. Each song is quite unique from the funky title
track to the Abba-esque Only For A While to the jazzy Sometimes I Wonder Why.
The featured players include Joe Sample (piano on Look Of Love), Dean Parks and
George Duke. This album contains my favorite remake of My Funny Valentine. If you
don't own any Anita Baker albums, this is one you must get.
Other great albums of 1994:
Howard Hewett - Its
Produced by Monty Seward & Howard Hewett
His best album by far to date.
Features This Love's Forever and How Do I Know I Love You.
A very fine album from the EWF lead singer
in spite of its lack of commercial success. Brian McKnight produced
and co-wrote most of the songs including I'm Ready and Here With
Al Jarreau Tenderness
Produced by Marcus Miller
An awesome album recording live on a sound
stage. Al performs some of his classics together with some
remakes. Also contains the new songs Wait For The Magic and Dinosaur.
Boyz II Men II
My favorite Boyz II Men album contains some
of Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis and Babyface's best production work.
Features On Bended Knee and Water Runs Dry.
Sade Best of Sade
Compilation (Produced by Robin Millar & Sade)
Sade has produced an impressive string of
albums. If you don't have any, you should definitely get this one.
Luther Vandross - Songs
Produced by Walter Afanasieff
Since Luther has a history of producing
great remakes, you would think an album of nothing but remakes would be
amazing. Well it's a little disappointing (most of the songs sound
ordinary) but still worth a listen. Features Endless Love
with Mariah Carey.
Various Artists A
Tribute to Curtis Mayfield
Tribute albums tend to be really bad with a
collection of musicians who really don't gel together on the same
album. Thankfully, this is an exception with great songs from
Whitney Houston, B.B. King, and Phil Collins among others.
Listed here largely on the strength of their
monster smash I Swear.
El DeBarge Heart,
Mind & Soul
Listed here largely on the strength of the
title track which I consider his best work.