Can't Slow Down

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On Can't Slow Down, his second solo album, Lionel Richie ran with the sound and success of his eponymous debut, creating an album that was designed to be bigger and better. It's entirely possible that he took a cue from Michael Jackson's Thriller, which set out to win over listeners of every corner of the mainstream pop audience, because Richie does a similar thing with Can't Slow Down -- he plays to the MOR adult contemporary audience, to be sure, but he ups the ante on his dance numbers, creating grooves that are funkier, and he even adds a bit of rock with the sleek nocturnal menace of "Running With the Night," one of the best songs here. He doesn't swing for...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On Can't Slow Down, his second solo album, Lionel Richie ran with the sound and success of his eponymous debut, creating an album that was designed to be bigger and better. It's entirely possible that he took a cue from Michael Jackson's Thriller, which set out to win over listeners of every corner of the mainstream pop audience, because Richie does a similar thing with Can't Slow Down -- he plays to the MOR adult contemporary audience, to be sure, but he ups the ante on his dance numbers, creating grooves that are funkier, and he even adds a bit of rock with the sleek nocturnal menace of "Running With the Night," one of the best songs here. He doesn't swing for the fences like Michael did in 1982; he makes safe bets, which is more in his character. But safe bets do pay off, and with Can't Slow Down Richie reaped enormous dividends, earning not just his biggest hit, but his best album. He has less compunction about appearing as a pop singer this time around, which gives the preponderance of smooth ballads -- particularly "Penny Lover," "Hello," and the country-ish "Stuck on You" -- conviction, and the dance songs roll smooth and easy, never pushing the beats too hard and relying more on Richie's melodic hooks than the grooves, which is what helped make "All Night Long All Night" a massive hit. Indeed, five of these songs all the aforementioned tunes were huge hits, and since the record ran only eight songs, that's an astonishing ration. The short running time does suggest the record's main weakness, one that it shares with many early-'80s LPs -- the songs themselves run on a bit too long, padding out the running length of the entire album. This is only a problem on album tracks like "Love Will Find a Way," which are pleasant but a little tedious at their length, but since there are only three songs that aren't hits, it's a minor problem. All the hits showcase Lionel Richie at his best, as does Can't Slow Down as a whole.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 737463605922
  • Catalog Number: 6059
  • Sales rank: 6,002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lionel Richie Primary Artist, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant
David Foster Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Louie Shelton Guitar
Joe Chemay Bass, Bass Guitar
Israel Baker Concert Master
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Vocoder
Diane Burt Vocals, Chant
James Anthony Carmichael Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant
Melinda Chatman Vocals
Dave Cochran Synthesizer, Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals
David Cochrane Synthesizer, Guitar, Background Vocals, Chant, Vocoder, Synthesizer Bass
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Nathan East Bass, Bass Guitar
Dr. Lloyd Byro Greig Vocals, Chant
Brenda Harvey Ritchie Vocals, Chant
Jeanette Hawes Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant
John Hobbs Piano, fender rhodes
Mitch Holder Guitar
Janice Marie Johnson Vocals, Chant
Darryl Jones Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass, Bass Guitar
Paul Leim Drums
Steve Lukather Guitar
Richard Marx Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant
Timothy May Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Vocals
Deborah Joyce Richie Vocals, Chant
Carlos Rios Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Suzanne Stanford Vocals, Chant
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Deborah Thomas Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant
Kin Vassy Vocals
Sonny Burke Keyboards, fender rhodes
Darrell Jones Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Calvin Harris Background Vocals, Chant
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Arranger, Producer
David Foster Producer
James Anthony Carmichael Arranger, Producer
Jim Cassell Engineer
Melinda Chatman Sound Effects
Terry Christian Engineer
Jane Clark Engineer
David Cochrane Arranger
David Egerton Engineer
Mark Ettel Engineer
Larry Ferguson Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Steve Crimmel Engineer
Calvin Harris Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soft Rock Masterpiece!!!

    There's no denying the power of this album. Song for song this is Richie's best album and it would launch him into the stratosphere of stardom and recognition. It was the cultural touch-stone to MOR that Thriller was to pop. Over half the songs on this record were played constantly on MTV and the radio. And this record really is about the songwriting. Richie pulls out the best collection of music he had written thus far and to this day has yet to match or even come close to it. Can't Slow Down would beat out Prince's Purple Rain and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A at the Grammys that year. Richie quietly became the biggest songwriter on the planet for a time and this album was a testament to his talent.

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