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Tear and a Smile
     

A Tear and a Smile

by Linda Lewis
 
Despite several rough patches at the end of the 1970s, Linda Lewis rebounded with glorious aplomb on her September 1983 album, A Tear and a Smile. More than any of its predecessors, this album finds the singer in complete control of both her songwriting and her remarkable, dynamic vocal range -- at the same time continuing down the path she forged during the

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Despite several rough patches at the end of the 1970s, Linda Lewis rebounded with glorious aplomb on her September 1983 album, A Tear and a Smile. More than any of its predecessors, this album finds the singer in complete control of both her songwriting and her remarkable, dynamic vocal range -- at the same time continuing down the path she forged during the previous decade. From start to finish, the songs are filled to bursting with soft ballads and wildly far-reaching grooves, helped along by Bert de Coteaux's immaculate production. But, as good as "I Am What I Am" and the haunting "Sweet Heartache" are, where she gathers her force and puts all her strengths together is on the absolutely stunning title track. Self-penned, "A Tear and a Smile" finds Lewis running without any flaws at all. That just leaves room (and barely!) for "Why Can't I Be the Other Woman," a duet between Lewis and Luther Vandross. His silky soul provides a delicious accompaniment to her own indefatigable style, while Gwen Guthrie adds her voice to the background to amplify the mood even further. A Tear and a Smile leaves little lacking and remains one of Lewis' best efforts, a remarkable portrait of the artist's own growth, of her increasing confidence in her talents, and of her manifold contributions to the face of British soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2012
Label:
Big Break
UPC:
5013929041936
catalogNumber:
2904193

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Performance Credits

Linda Lewis   Primary Artist
Matthews   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Linda Lewis   Composer
Hunt   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Nick Robbins   Photo Scanning
David Parton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Paul Bevoir   Booklet Design
Wayne A. Dickson   Reissue Producer
Patrick Neville   Photo Scanning
McFarlane   Composer
D. Lasley   Composer
Christian John Wikane   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Kevin Anthony Roberts   Producer,Remixing
Quick Association   Producer
Bert Decouteaux   Producer

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