Affairs of the Heart

Affairs of the Heart

by Jody Watley
     
 

Watley's sorely overlooked junior opus is the standout of all her '80s and '90s output. Combining the best of both of the artist's musical worlds, Affairs of the Heart supplies a handful of energetic dance numbers and a plentiful selection of quiet storm ballads. The result is a set that's much thicker and deeper than 1987's Jody Watley and 1989's…  See more details below

Overview

Watley's sorely overlooked junior opus is the standout of all her '80s and '90s output. Combining the best of both of the artist's musical worlds, Affairs of the Heart supplies a handful of energetic dance numbers and a plentiful selection of quiet storm ballads. The result is a set that's much thicker and deeper than 1987's Jody Watley and 1989's Larger Than Life, while free of the lagging that occurred on 1993's Intimacy and 1995's Affection. Watley goes from etchy R&B-funk ("I Want You"), to classy house ("I'm the One You Need"), to inspirational pop ("It All Begins With You"), to 1960s Motown-inspired soul ("Stolen Moments"), all the while sounding enthusiastic and engrossed in the material. Co-writing nine of the album's 11 cuts, she is equally impressive in her lyrical scope: The moving honesty of "Until the Last Goodbye" centers around a troubled relationship on the verge of breaking up a family, while the core message of the distinctive title track is achieving peace and humility through the power of music and listening to one's heart. Additionally, Affairs of the Heart is notable for the fact that, even with five producers on board (including Watley herself), it maintains a solid consistency in its entirety. Nearly every song on the album stands strong on its own, too, making Affairs of the Heart the singer/songwriter/producer's finest effort. ~ Justin M. Kantor

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/1998
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0008811035525
catalogNumber:
10355

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Tracks

  1. I Want You  - Jody Watley
  2. Call on Me  - Jody Watley
  3. I'm the One You Need  - Jody Watley
  4. Affairs of the Heart  - Jody Watley
  5. Commitment of Love  - Jody Watley
  6. It All Begins with You  - Jody Watley
  7. Dance to the Music  - Jody Watley
  8. Strange Way  - Jody Watley
  9. Always and Forever  - Jody Watley
  10. Until the Last Goodbye  - Jody Watley
  11. Stolen Moments  - Jody Watley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jody Watley   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
André Cymone   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Morales   Percussion,Drums
Nadirah Ali   Background Vocals
Alfa Anderson Barfield   Background Vocals
Terry Coffey   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Kelton Cooper   Guitar
Voncielle Faggett   Background Vocals
Vernon D. Fails   Keyboards
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Jon Nettlesbey   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo   Background Vocals
Michael J. Powell   Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Angel Rogers   Background Vocals
Fred White   Background Vocals
Dean Pleasants   Rhythm Guitar
Peter "Ski" Schwartz   Piano
Alex Shatzis   Keyboards
John Watley   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jody Watley   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Art Direction
Danny Madden   Arranger
André Cymone   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
David Morales   Arranger,Producer
Wolfgang Aichholz   Engineer
Bobby Brooks   Engineer
Chris Cameron   Arranger
Terry Coffey   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Hugo Dwyer   Engineer
Vernon D. Fails   rhythm arrangement
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Dan Marnien   Engineer
Duane Nettlesbey   Programming
Jon Nettlesbey   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
John Poppo   Engineer
Michael J. Powell   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Chris Purham   Engineer
David Sussman   Engineer
David Ward   Engineer
Norman Whitfield   Engineer
Margo Chase   Art Direction

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