I Commit to Love

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All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
Howard Hewett made a smooth transition from being a member of the trio Shalamar to becoming a bona fide solo artist. His first single to hit the Billboard R&B charts was the romantically enchanting "I'm for Real." Too fast to be a ballad and not fast enough to be a jam, Hewett still captivated radio and his audience with this moderate number. The Ohio native glides from his lacerating tenor to his striking falsetto highs supported by cogent backing vocals. The classic piece peaked at number two on the charts. The single "Stay" has a crossover appeal, but it never made a dent in the pop charts. It is not half as impressive as "I'm for Real." However, it did manage to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
Howard Hewett made a smooth transition from being a member of the trio Shalamar to becoming a bona fide solo artist. His first single to hit the Billboard R&B charts was the romantically enchanting "I'm for Real." Too fast to be a ballad and not fast enough to be a jam, Hewett still captivated radio and his audience with this moderate number. The Ohio native glides from his lacerating tenor to his striking falsetto highs supported by cogent backing vocals. The classic piece peaked at number two on the charts. The single "Stay" has a crossover appeal, but it never made a dent in the pop charts. It is not half as impressive as "I'm for Real." However, it did manage to show at number eight on the Billboard R&B charts. "I Commit to Love" falls short as well. It too is saturated with pop seasonings. Nonetheless, it tipped in at number 12 on the Billboard R&B charts. The final release was the inspirational selection "Say Amen," which is Hewett's personal testimony of being given a second chance after his battle with life's various vices. It has become an anthem for many. Inside ten weeks, it peaked at number 54. The shortcoming on this album is the material. As Hewett can deliver on the vocals, the songs do nothing for his talent as they lack excitement and mesmerizing melodies; the two elements commonly associated with his great voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075596048729
  • Catalog Number: 60487
  • Sales rank: 63,819

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stay (4:35)
  2. 2 I'm for Real (4:53)
  3. 3 Last Forever (4:11)
  4. 4 I Commit to Love (4:12)
  5. 5 In a Crazy Way (4:55)
  6. 6 Love Don't Wanna Wait (4:22)
  7. 7 I Got to Go (4:39)
  8. 8 Eye on You (4:00)
  9. 9 Let's Try It All over Again (4:23)
  10. 10 Say Amen (4:35)
  11. 11 Stay (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Hewett Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Deniece Williams Background Vocals
Gerald Albright Bass Guitar
George Duke Strings, Keyboards
George Howard Saxophone
Todd Cochran Keyboards
Robert Brokens Keyboards
Ronald Ray Brunner Tom-Tom
Kevin Chokan Guitar
Stanley Clarke Bass Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Raymond Crossley Keyboards
Nadia Deleye Background Vocals
Gwen Evans Background Vocals
Wilton Felder Saxophone
Joey Gallo Keyboards
Kevin Grady Keyboards
Ed Grenga Guitar, Keyboards
Tris Imboden Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Josie James Background Vocals
Nicole Krauss Background Vocals
Alejandra Loiaza Background Vocals
Monty Seward Keyboards
Ross Vannelli Background Vocals
Carolyn Vigiga Background Vocals
John Barnes Keyboards
Technical Credits
Deniece Williams Contributor
Howard Hewett Producer, Contributor
George Howard Contributor
Stanley Clarke Producer, Contributor
Paulinho Da Costa Contributor
Joey Gallo Programming
Kevin Grady Programming
Ed Grenga Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Paul Ratajczak Engineer
Monty Seward Programming
Ross Vannelli Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Glen Barbee Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best songs never change!

    I bought this LP in the 80's and then the cassette. I will be buying the CD on my next trip to Barnes and Nobles or ordering it on line. All the songs are good, and that's what makes the best albums. Howard Hewitt sings every one of the songs on this album with soul and love. It is great!

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