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Breakin' Away [Expanded Edition]
     

Breakin' Away [Expanded Edition]

by Al Jarreau
 

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Released in 1981, Breakin' Away is not only a great follow-up to This Time, it all but perfected the effort. With an amazing batch of songs, producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players, Breakin' Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound. "Closer to Your Love" comes off as a tougher, more

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Released in 1981, Breakin' Away is not only a great follow-up to This Time, it all but perfected the effort. With an amazing batch of songs, producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players, Breakin' Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound. "Closer to Your Love" comes off as a tougher, more confident version of the songs from the previous album. However, in short order, Breakin' Away assumes its own identity with brilliant results. Everything works so well here that the hit, the pleasing "We're in This Love Together," comes off as the weak link. "Easy," with its gorgeous and subtle Latin flourishes, has Jarreau's purposeful delivery coming off oddly poignant in its joy and beauty. The bittersweet "My Old Friend" has him giving a charming and understated reading with gorgeous synth signatures that speak volumes. Most of Breakin' Away has Jarreau in great spirits and giving one great performance after another, like the powerful and melody-rich title song. Like his best albums, this gives Jarreau plenty of room to exercise his chops. He struts through the funky and elegant "Roof Garden," and on the impressive "(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo a la Turk" he offers great scats and whimsical lyrics. For the final track, Jarreau brings new life to "Teach Me Tonight" and it has a sweeping, dreamy arrangement. Produced by Jay Graydon, Breakin' Away is a great album and informed a lot of Jarreau's subsequent efforts.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2015
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5013929061835
catalogNumber:
3011693
Rank:
75032

Tracks

  1. Closer to Your Love
  2. My Old Friend
  3. We're in this Love Together
  4. Easy
  5. Our Love
  6. Breakin' Away
  7. Roof Garden
  8. (Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo a la Turk
  9. Teach Me Tonight
  10. Girls Know How
  11. Your Precious Love
  12. Who's Right, Who's Wrong
  13. Sure Enough
  14. Closer to Your Love

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Performance Credits

Jarreau   Primary Artist

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