Dancing on the Ceiling [Bonus Tracks]

Dancing on the Ceiling [Bonus Tracks]

by Lionel Richie
     
 

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Lionel Richie wasn't necessarily emboldened by the success of Can't Slow Down -- after all, he had experienced huge success since the Commodores -- but there is nevertheless a sense of swagger on its 1986 successor, Dancing on the Ceiling. This isn't entirely a good thing, since it means he indulges in silliness (the title track)

Overview

Lionel Richie wasn't necessarily emboldened by the success of Can't Slow Down -- after all, he had experienced huge success since the Commodores -- but there is nevertheless a sense of swagger on its 1986 successor, Dancing on the Ceiling. This isn't entirely a good thing, since it means he indulges in silliness (the title track) and sappiness ("Ballerina Girl") in equal measure, seemingly without quite realizing how ridiculous either extreme is. Maybe that's because he still has a strong sense of popcraft, something that makes "Dancing in the Ceiling" stick in the head even if its lyrics are awful, something that makes "Ballerina Girl" work for a slow dance even if it is awfully sugary. This dichotomy is evident throughout the record, as Richie pulls out good music even if he indulges all of his worst impulses a little bit too much. He adds a bit more dance to this album, and while the grooves are funkier than anything since the Commodores, they run on too long -- at eight minutes, "Don't Stop" takes its title command far too seriously. This same tendency is apparent on the ballads and slower songs, which all stay around a little longer than they should, something that gives the impression that this record is a little less focused or consistent than the two blockbusters that preceded it. While it is true that there is nothing here nearly as good as the hits on Lionel Richie and Can't Slow Down, it also is true that on a track-by-track level, it's more consistent, never having resorting to the formless filler that peppered those two otherwise excellent records. This is a good thing, but it would have been better if the record had boasted one or two undeniable singles, or, if it didn't, would at least have been a little tighter. That said, Dancing on the Ceiling is a solid, enjoyable affair -- a comedown after the peaks of Lionel Richie and Can't Slow Down, and one that suggests that Richie needed the extended break he took after its release, but a good record all the same. [In 2003, Dancing on the Ceiling was reissued in a remastered version with four bonus tracks: 12" remixes of "Dancing on the Ceiling," "Se La," "Don't Stop," and "Love Will Conquer All." All are inconsequential -- no new ideas, just longer versions -- but collectors may like them, although they may find this reissue's biggest attractions to be its overall remastering and packaging.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044003830028
catalogNumber:
038300
Rank:
30021

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lionel Richie   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Phyllis Saint James   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Hall   Background Vocals
Joe Chemay   Bass
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Billie Barnum   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kitty Beethoven   Background Vocals
Vernon "Ice" Black   Guitar,Soloist
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Melinda Chatman   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Soloist
David Cochrane   Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Kevin Dorsey   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sheila E.   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Charles Fearing   Guitar
Theodore Gentry   Background Vocals
Preston Glass   Synthesizer
Suzee Wendy Ikeda   Background Vocals
Karen Jackson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Marva King   Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Neil Larsen   Keyboards
Fred Law   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Paul Leim   Drums
Cory Lerios   Synthesizer
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Richard Marx   Background Vocals
Timothy May   Guitar
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Randy Owen   Background Vocals
Brenda Richie   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carlos Rios   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Anita Sherman   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Karen Siegel   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Stephanie Taylor   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Deborah Thomas   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Janine Marie   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Neil Steubenhaus   Bass
Jeff Cook   Background Vocals
Ricky Nelson   Background Vocals
Leslie O. Smith   Choir, Chorus
Carmen Twillman   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
John Barnes   Synthesizer,Piano,Synclavier
Brenda Harvey-Richie   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum machine,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Choir Arrangement
Ken Caillat   Engineer
James Anthony Carmichael   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
David Egerton   Engineer
Mike Frenchik   Composer
Preston Glass   Composer
Wayne Hargrave   Contributor
Suzee Wendy Ikeda   Production Director
Linda Jenner   Contributor
Fred Law   Engineer
Paul Leim   drum machine
Steve MacMillan   Sound Effects
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Greg Phillinganes   Composer
Kathi Pogoda   Contributor
Cheryl Pyle   Contributor
Carlos Rios   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Dave Rosen   Contributor
Kelly Ryan   Contributor
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Bill Whitten   Fashion Advisor
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Tom Jones   Engineer
Calvin Harris   Engineer
John Barnes   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Johnny Lee   Art Direction
Jeffrey Cohen   Composer

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