Dancing on the Ceiling

Dancing on the Ceiling

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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 titleSee more details below

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/1992
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0737463615822
catalogNumber:
6158

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lionel Richie   Primary Artist,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Alabama   Background Vocals
Phyllis Saint James   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jennifer Hall   Background Vocals
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Joe Chemay   Bass
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals
Maxine Anderson   Vocals
John Barns   Synthesizer
Billie Barnum   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kitty Beethoven   Background Vocals
Vernon "Ice" Black   Guitar
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
James Anthony Carmichael   Vocals
Melinda Chatman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Dave Cochran   Synthesizer,Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals
David Cochrane   Guitar,Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Kevin Dorsey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sheila E.   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
David Egerton   Vocals
Charles Fearing   Guitar
Theodore Gentry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Preston Glass   Synthesizer
Wayne Hargrave   Vocals
Brenda Harvey Ritchie   Vocals
Suzee Wendy Ikeda   Vocals,Background Vocals
Wendy Suzee Ikeda   Background Vocals
Karen Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Linda Jenner   Vocals
Marlena Jeter   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marva King   Vocals,Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Neil Larsen   Keyboards
Fred Law   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Drums
Cory Lerios   Synthesizer
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Steve MacMillan   Vocals
Richard Marx   Vocals,Background Vocals
Timothy May   Guitar
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Randy Owen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Kathi Pogoda   Vocals
Tiger Head Preston   Synthesizer
Cheryl Pyle   Vocals
Brenda Richie   Background Vocals
Carlos Rios   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar
Maxima Rios   Vocals
Norma Rios   Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Dave Rosen   Vocals
Kelly Ryan   Vocals
Julia Tillman Waters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anita Sherman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Karen Siegel   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alfie Silas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Leslie Smith   Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Stephanie Taylor   Vocals,Background Vocals
Wilbert Terrell   Vocals
Deborah Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Vocals,Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Jackson   Bass
Louis Shelton   Guitar
Rick Nelson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Neil Steubenhaus   Bass
Jeff Cook   Vocals
Janice-Marie   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Barnes   Synthesizer,Piano,Synclavier

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Choir Arrangement
Choir   Contributor
Ken Caillat   Special Effects
Dave Frazier   Engineer
Suzee Wendy Ikeda   Engineer
Gordon Lyon   Engineer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Greg Phillinganes   drum machine,rhythm arrangement
Carlos Rios   rhythm arrangement
Tom Jones   Special Effects
Calvin Harris   Engineer
John Barnes   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Lee   Art Direction

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