Merciless

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All Music Guide
The soulful songstress is at her finest on this highly entertaining nine-song set. The funky, jazzy "My Body" brings traces of early house music to the table with its feverish vocals, keyboards, and Latin-spiced percussion, while the cool and breezy -- yet lyrically straight to the point -- ballad "Do You Love Him" features one of Mills' most expertly delivered performances on record. She also turns in some enticing vocal interplay with singer Peggi Blu on the clever "His Name Is Michael." Unlike later "confrontational" duets by Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" or Brandy and Monica "The Boy Is Mine" dealing with two-timing boyfriends, both the lyrics and Mills and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The soulful songstress is at her finest on this highly entertaining nine-song set. The funky, jazzy "My Body" brings traces of early house music to the table with its feverish vocals, keyboards, and Latin-spiced percussion, while the cool and breezy -- yet lyrically straight to the point -- ballad "Do You Love Him" features one of Mills' most expertly delivered performances on record. She also turns in some enticing vocal interplay with singer Peggi Blu on the clever "His Name Is Michael." Unlike later "confrontational" duets by Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" or Brandy and Monica "The Boy Is Mine" dealing with two-timing boyfriends, both the lyrics and Mills and Blu's interpretation give the matter a lighthearted, humorous spin that is oh so appealing. Two other fine ballads pop up in the grabbing, the Prince-penned "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" R&B number 12; also released by Prince as B-side in 1982 and the romantic "Eternal Love" recorded the same year by Whitney Houston on co-writer Paul Jabara's Paul Jabara & Friends album, also on Casablanca. "Pilot Error" R&B number 12 and the cute "Here I Am," meanwhile, are fun dance entries. Every song on Merciless is solid, vocally and production-wise. Producers Gary Klein and David Wolfert and Phil Ramone bring out the best of the songs and help bring back the vocal energy that had been missing from much of the material on Mills' two preceding albums. It's definitely her best album for Casablanca, as well as one of her best overall. ~ Justin M. Kantor
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • Label: Soulmusic.com
  • EAN: 5013929078536
  • Catalog Number: 2907853
  • Sales rank: 59,818

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephanie Mills Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion
Michael Sembello Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Ed Greene Drums
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Yvonne Lewis Background Vocals
Johnny Mandel Synthesizer
Danny Sembello Synthesizer
Myrna Smith Background Vocals
Nyle Steiner Synthesizer
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Richard Tee Keyboards
Ian Underwood Synthesizer
Carlos Vega Drums
Ed Walsh Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass
David Wolfert Conductor
Frank Floyd Background Vocals
Greg Phillingaines Piano, Keyboards
Cruz Sembello Background Vocals
John Robinson Drums
Richard Ree Piano
Peggie Blue Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephanie Mills Producer, Album Concept
Prince Composer
Brooks Arthur Producer
Michael Sembello Composer
Lee DeCarlo Engineer
Gary Klein Producer
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Trevor Lawrence Arranger
Brad Leigh Engineer
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Phil Ramone Producer
Jay Rifkin Engineer
Ralph Schuckett rhythm arrangement
David Wolfert Arranger, Producer
Cassandra Mills Album Concept
David Nathan Reissue Producer
Kevin Goins Liner Notes
Glen Christensen Art Direction
Marie Ostrosky Engineer
Mac James Artwork
Frank Floyd Vocal Arrangements
Brian McGee Engineer
Roger Williams Artwork
John Arrais Engineer, Remixing
Peter Chaiken Engineer
Louis St. Lewis Composer
Janet Alhonti Composer
Edward Karam Arranger
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