Dancing on the Ceiling

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 3/9/1992
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 737463615822
  • Catalog Number: 6158

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lionel Richie Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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 Sr. 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, 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
The 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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