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Renaissance (Deluxe Edition)

Lionel Richie

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Lionel Richie, barring his success in the '80s with such hits as "Hello," "Running With the Night," and "All Night Long," has struggled to find his place in music after life with the Commodores. Renaissance, Richie's 2001 release, is another post-Commodores album that misses the mark. Most of the songs don't particularly fit any radio format, with the exception of adult contemporary, but that's not the problem. Lacking a radio home doesn't make for a bad recording. It's the material on Renaissance, which is uninteresting, and Richie's voice is often out of place with the music, as illustrated on "Angel." This song features a mild dance beat but Richie's voice is sorely incompatible with it. Elsewhere, there are nice Latin-flavored arrangements, such as on "Cinderella" and "Dance the Night Away." But, again, Richie's vocal delivery doesn't work with such musical styling. This clash between music and voice is a running theme on Renaissance. Lyrically, the album fails as well, and is rife with juvenile wordplay: "I held you close to me/Girl, you are my ecstasy/Your lips, and your hair/The way you touch me, girl I swear/Only you could take me there" -- from "Dance the Night Away." There are, however, some redeeming performances on Renaissance. "It May Be the Water" is the album's first of two winning moments where music, lyrics, and vocal delivery all meet to create successful synergy. The song is similar to a Boyz II Men track and should work on the radio. Richie should have applied whatever techniques he used on this track to the rest of this album, because all the pieces fit perfectly here. "Don't Stop the Music" is the other exception on Renaissance, and recalls the "All Night Long" party vibe. This song, similar to a Luther Vandross R&B jam, successfully captures a modern R&B/dance groove, unlike other tracks on this album that attempt to do the same. It really is sad because Lionel Richie has exhibited such talent in the past. It's painful to hear such floundering work by a performer who listeners know can do better.
© Liana Jonas /TiVo

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1
Angel (Album Version)
00:04:15

Tracy Ackerman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Adam Phillips, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Jackson, Jr., Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Anderson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Rawling, Producer - Jong uk Yoon, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dirk Vanoucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Cinderella (Album Version)
00:03:42

Lionel Richie, Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alex Al, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Jackson, Jr., Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - MICHAEL STEWART, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Bias, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Vanoucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Raymond Brown, Horn, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jared Douglas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - David Rideau, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Reginald Young, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Cox, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kelly Wendell, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Tender Heart (Album Version)
00:04:28

Billy Lawrie, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Rawling, Producer - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Additional Producer - Bill Lawrie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Dance The Night Away (Album Version)
00:05:07

DAVE WAY, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - WALTER AFANASIEFF, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Claytoven Richardson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lionel Richie, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Additional Producer - Skyler Jett, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Conesha Monet, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Tonight (Album Version)
00:04:31

LaShawn Daniels, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Jerkins III, ComposerLyricist - Rodney Jerkins, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Additional Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
How Long (Album Version)
00:03:54

Lionel Richie, Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Wassim Zreik, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Wolfe, Producer - David Rideau, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerald Cox, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Don't You Ever Go Away (Album Version)
00:04:12

Tim Lauber, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lloyd Tolbert, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Additional Producer - David Rideau, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Demetrius Harvey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Wasted Time (Album Version)
00:04:07

LaShawn Daniels, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Jerkins III, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Mason Jr., ComposerLyricist - Glen Marchese, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Additional Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Piece Of My Heart (Album Version)
00:04:14

Lionel Richie, Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Wolfe, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
It May Be The Water (Album Version)
00:04:55

Daryl Simmons, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Here Is My Heart (Album Version)
00:04:03

Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Additional Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Don't Stop The Music (Album Version)
00:04:13

Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Additional Producer - Gerald Cox, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Blackwood, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mason Sylvia James, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
I Forgot (Album Version)
00:04:51

Pascal Obispo, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, Author, MainArtist - Patrice Guiro, Author

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Shout It To The World (Bonus Track - Japan/Oz/Nz)
00:04:37

Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Just Can't Say Goodbye (Bonus Track - UK/Jap/Oz/Nz)
00:04:09

Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
All Night Long (Live From Edinburgh Castle)
00:05:41

Rick James, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Still (Live - Montreux Music Fest July 19, 2000)
00:05:16

Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer - Commodores, Producer - Joe Wolfe, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Rideau, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Dancing On The Ceiling (Live from Wembley)
00:04:34

Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Producer - Joe Wolfe, Producer, Additional Producer - Michael H. Frenchik Jr., ComposerLyricist - Carlos Manuel Rios, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Angel (Boogieman Remix Radio Edit)
00:03:58

Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Boogieman, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Rawling, Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Angel (Boogieman Remix Extended)
00:06:42

Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
Angel (Boogieman Remix Dub)
00:06:19

Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Boogieman, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Rawling, Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Angel (Crash & Burn Remix Vocal)
00:05:59

Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer - Crash & Burn, Producer, Additional Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

23
Angel (Crash & Burn Remix Dub)
00:05:45

Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

24
Angel (Miguel 'Migs' Petalpusher Vocal Mix)
00:07:18

Tracy Ackerman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

25
Angel (Miguel 'Migs' Petalpusher Vocal Mix Radio Edit)
00:04:03

Tracy Ackerman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

26
Angel (Miguel 'Migs' Petalpusher Dub)
00:06:35

Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

27
Don't Stop The Music (Joey Negro Revival Mix)
00:07:35

Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

28
Don't Stop The Music (Joey Negro Revival Mix Radio Edit)
00:03:46

David Lee, Producer, Additional Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer - Gerald Cox, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Blackwood, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mason Sylvia James, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

29
Don't Stop The Music (Joey Negro Rodox Dub Mix)
00:06:31

Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer - Gerald Cox, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Blackwood, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mason Sylvia James, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

30
Don't Stop The Music (Extended Mix)
00:06:11

Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Paul Barry, ComposerLyricist - Mark Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Brian Rawling, Producer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

31
The One (The Mix)
00:03:24

Leslie Mandoki, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Laszlo Bencker, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Juliette, MainArtist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

32
The One (Radio Mix)
00:03:22

Leslie Mandoki, ComposerLyricist - Laszlo Bencker, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Juliette, MainArtist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

33
The One (Classic Mix)
00:03:23

Leslie Mandoki, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Laszlo Bencker, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Juliette, MainArtist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

34
The One (Reveal Mix)
00:04:17

Leslie Mandoki, ComposerLyricist - Laszlo Bencker, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Juliette, MainArtist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

35
The One (Orchestral Mix)
00:03:23

Leslie Mandoki, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Laszlo Bencker, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Juliette, MainArtist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Lionel Richie, barring his success in the '80s with such hits as "Hello," "Running With the Night," and "All Night Long," has struggled to find his place in music after life with the Commodores. Renaissance, Richie's 2001 release, is another post-Commodores album that misses the mark. Most of the songs don't particularly fit any radio format, with the exception of adult contemporary, but that's not the problem. Lacking a radio home doesn't make for a bad recording. It's the material on Renaissance, which is uninteresting, and Richie's voice is often out of place with the music, as illustrated on "Angel." This song features a mild dance beat but Richie's voice is sorely incompatible with it. Elsewhere, there are nice Latin-flavored arrangements, such as on "Cinderella" and "Dance the Night Away." But, again, Richie's vocal delivery doesn't work with such musical styling. This clash between music and voice is a running theme on Renaissance. Lyrically, the album fails as well, and is rife with juvenile wordplay: "I held you close to me/Girl, you are my ecstasy/Your lips, and your hair/The way you touch me, girl I swear/Only you could take me there" -- from "Dance the Night Away." There are, however, some redeeming performances on Renaissance. "It May Be the Water" is the album's first of two winning moments where music, lyrics, and vocal delivery all meet to create successful synergy. The song is similar to a Boyz II Men track and should work on the radio. Richie should have applied whatever techniques he used on this track to the rest of this album, because all the pieces fit perfectly here. "Don't Stop the Music" is the other exception on Renaissance, and recalls the "All Night Long" party vibe. This song, similar to a Luther Vandross R&B jam, successfully captures a modern R&B/dance groove, unlike other tracks on this album that attempt to do the same. It really is sad because Lionel Richie has exhibited such talent in the past. It's painful to hear such floundering work by a performer who listeners know can do better.
© Liana Jonas /TiVo

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