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Luther Vandross

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Luther Vandross made a return to form, of sorts, with his 2001 self-titled album, and his first bow for former Arista chief Clive Davis' new label, J Records. Luther Vandross ranks as the singer's best since 1991's critically and commercially lauded Power of Love, and it produced the single "Take You Out," which proved to be the velvet-voiced crooner's first Top 40 pop hit since "Endless Love," his drippy hit duet with Mariah Carey from 1994's covers collection Songs. Luther Vandross employs a bevy of the day's hottest producers and songwriters, in an effort to bring Luther back into the mainstream, and for the most part it works, although it infuriated more than a few old-school purists. Luther effortlessly brings on the funk on stellar up-tempo tracks, such as "Grown Thangs," the neo-disco of "Say It Now" (which recalls his classic "Never Too Much"), and the fabulous "How Do I Tell Her," the latter two utilizing a long standing trademark of Vandross' stellar female background vocals that nearly steal the show. The album also includes the classic ballads -- lush, romantic quiet storm numbers such as "Hearts Get Broken All The Time," the melodic "I'd Rather," "Any Day Now," and "Love Forgot." Additionally, Vandross delivers an inspired cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic "Are You There (With Another Guy)," The album's second single, "Can Heaven Wait," is a lush ballad that was destined to become a massive hit, but, unfortunately, due to the overly melodramatic nature of the song, which recalls R. Kelly at his schlockiest, the single stiffed. Nonetheless, Luther Vandross is the singer's most engaging, exciting, and compelling album in years, and shows Vandross in step with changing times, all the while still managing to hold on to the essence of what made him so famous in the first place.
© Jose F. Promis /TiVo

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1
Take You Out (Radio Edit & Album Version)
00:03:26

Harold Lilly, Composer - Harold Lilly, Lyricist - John Smith, Composer - John Smith, Lyricist - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer - Luther Vandross, Performer - Ray Bardani, Mixing Engineer - Warryn Campbell, Composer - Warryn Campbell, Lyricist - Warryn Campbell, Producer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Grown Thangs
00:04:33

Jon B., Composer - Jon B., Lyricist - Jon B., Producer - Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Performer - Kenneth Edmonds, Composer - Kenneth Edmonds, Lyricist

(P) 2001 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Bring Your Heart To Mine
00:04:22

Eddie Berkeley, Composer - Eddie Berkeley, Lyricist - Eddie Berkeley, Producer - Robert L. Huggar, Composer - Robert L. Huggar, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Performer - Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Keir Gist, Composer - Keir Gist, Lyricist - Keir Gist, Producer

(P) 2001 BMG Music LLC

4
Can Heaven Wait (Album Version)
00:05:36

Joshua P. Thompson, Composer - Joshua P. Thompson, Lyricist - Danny Mercado, Composer - Danny Mercado, Lyricist - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Quincy Patrick, Composer - Quincy Patrick, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Performer - Kenneth Karlin, Composer - Kenneth Karlin, Lyricist - Kenneth Karlin, Producer - Joe Thomas, Composer - Joe Thomas, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Composer - Carsten Shack, Lyricist - Carsten Shack, Producer

(P) 2001 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Say It Now
00:04:33

Katrina Willis, Composer - Katrina Willis, Lyricist - N. Butler, Composer - N. Butler, Lyricist - Allstar, Producer - Allen Gordon, Jr., Composer - Allen Gordon, Jr., Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Performer - Joel Campbell, Composer - Joel Campbell, Lyricist

(P) 2001 BMG Music LLC

6
Hearts Get Broken All The Time (But The Problem Is, This Time It's Mine)
00:05:20

Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Performer - Reed Vertelney, Composer - Reed Vertelney, Lyricist

(P) 2001 BMG Music LLC

7
I'd Rather (Album Version & Radio Version)
00:04:51

Shep Crawford, Composer - Shep Crawford, Lyricist - Shep Crawford, Producer - Luther Vandross, Performer

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment

8
How Do I Tell Her
00:04:17

Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Composer - Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Lyricist - Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Producer - B. Richardson, Composer - B. Richardson, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Performer

(P) 2001 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Any Day Now
00:05:12

Bob Hilliard, Composer - Bob Hilliard, Lyricist - Burt Bacharach, Composer - Burt Bacharach, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Performer - Nat Adderley, Producer

(P) 2001 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
If I Was The One
00:04:19

Diane Warren, Composer - Diane Warren, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Performer - Damon Thomas, Producer - Harvey Mason, Producer

(P) 2001 BMG Music LLC

11
Let's Make Tonight The Night
00:04:18

Clifton Lighty, Composer - Clifton Lighty, Lyricist - Balewa Muhammed, Composer - Balewa Muhammed, Lyricist - Edward Ferrell, Composer - Edward Ferrell, Lyricist - Edward Ferrell, Producer - Darren Lighty, Composer - Darren Lighty, Lyricist - Darren Lighty, Producer - Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Performer

(P) 2001 BMG Music LLC

12
Like I'm Invisible
00:04:00

Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Performer - Rex Rideout, Composer - Rex Rideout, Lyricist - Kenneth Edmonds, Producer - Fonzi Thornton, Composer - Fonzi Thornton, Lyricist

(P) 2001 BMG Music LLC

13
Are You There (With Another Guy)
00:05:55

Burt Bacharach, Composer - Burt Bacharach, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Performer - Hal David, Composer - Hal David, Lyricist

(P) 2001 BMG Music LLC

14
Love Forgot
00:05:36

Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Performer - Marcus Miller, Composer - Marcus Miller, Lyricist - Marcus Miller, Producer

(P) 2001 BMG Music LLC

Album Description

Luther Vandross made a return to form, of sorts, with his 2001 self-titled album, and his first bow for former Arista chief Clive Davis' new label, J Records. Luther Vandross ranks as the singer's best since 1991's critically and commercially lauded Power of Love, and it produced the single "Take You Out," which proved to be the velvet-voiced crooner's first Top 40 pop hit since "Endless Love," his drippy hit duet with Mariah Carey from 1994's covers collection Songs. Luther Vandross employs a bevy of the day's hottest producers and songwriters, in an effort to bring Luther back into the mainstream, and for the most part it works, although it infuriated more than a few old-school purists. Luther effortlessly brings on the funk on stellar up-tempo tracks, such as "Grown Thangs," the neo-disco of "Say It Now" (which recalls his classic "Never Too Much"), and the fabulous "How Do I Tell Her," the latter two utilizing a long standing trademark of Vandross' stellar female background vocals that nearly steal the show. The album also includes the classic ballads -- lush, romantic quiet storm numbers such as "Hearts Get Broken All The Time," the melodic "I'd Rather," "Any Day Now," and "Love Forgot." Additionally, Vandross delivers an inspired cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic "Are You There (With Another Guy)," The album's second single, "Can Heaven Wait," is a lush ballad that was destined to become a massive hit, but, unfortunately, due to the overly melodramatic nature of the song, which recalls R. Kelly at his schlockiest, the single stiffed. Nonetheless, Luther Vandross is the singer's most engaging, exciting, and compelling album in years, and shows Vandross in step with changing times, all the while still managing to hold on to the essence of what made him so famous in the first place.
© Jose F. Promis /TiVo

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