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Midnight Lounge
     

Midnight Lounge

4.5 2
by Jody Watley
 

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Proving once again that showcasing a diva's vocal abilities is only as good as the talented producers behind the mixing board, Midnight Lounge is a fine return to form and finds Jody Watley going back to her deep clubbing roots. It's a refreshing change of pace, forgoing the commercial club sounds her career has been synonymous with

Overview

Proving once again that showcasing a diva's vocal abilities is only as good as the talented producers behind the mixing board, Midnight Lounge is a fine return to form and finds Jody Watley going back to her deep clubbing roots. It's a refreshing change of pace, forgoing the commercial club sounds her career has been synonymous with and replacing them with some of the finest deep house producers in the genre. Midnight Lounge makes no bones about its identity right from the immediate onset, enlisting deep house veteran Dave Warrin to produce two of the album's most sensual tracks ("Whenever" and "Photographs") and setting up longtime collaborators Masters at Work (with special guest jazz legend Roy Ayers) for the most upbeat track on the album. Positively charged lyrics set among lush production are the norm for each track, giving it more of a feeling of something to listen to after a big night out or during a great night in. And while the uptempo/downtempo sequencing of songs can be a bit abrupt, the quality more is than compensatory, with very little filler (perhaps the cover of Peter Gabriel's classic "Don't Give Up" is unnecessary) to speak of throughout. Bonus remixes appear at the end of the CD and retain the high quality set forth throughout the initial record. A welcome return to one of dance music's most prominent divas.

Editorial Reviews

Vibe - Jon Caramanica
Only on the up-tempo "Photographs" and "Whenever...," which are closer to Chic than anything from the past two decades, does Watley sound at home."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351574824
catalogNumber:
5748

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jody Watley   Primary Artist
Roy Ayers   Vibes
Michael Ciro   Guitar
Dave Karasony   Drums
Josh Milan   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
John Wheeler   Trombone
Rodney Lee   Multi Instruments
Chris Standring   Guitar
Mornington Lockett   Saxophone
Dave Warrin   Musician
John Warrin   Guitar
Barney McCall   Keyboards
John Scarpulla   Saxophone
Kimani Wilson   Voices
Martin Shaw   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jody Watley   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Art Direction
Dave Darlington   Engineer
"Little" Louie Vega   Producer,Executive Producer
P. Angel Gabriel   Composer
Kenny Dope   Producer,Executive Producer
King Britt   Composer,Producer
Rodney Lee   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Allen Hori   Art Direction
Ron Trent   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Dave Warrin   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
R. Lee   Composer
C. Payne   Composer
M. Davis   Composer
Bill Coleman   Executive Producer
Tim Davison   Engineer
Kimani Wilson   Remixing,Instrumentation

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Midnight Lounge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album picks up where Watley's last project Saturday Night Experience left off. The title track 'Midnight Lounge' is a moody drum and bass affair, it is not the best song to begin the album with as the lyrics let down the composition. However, the songs that lie in wait are gorgeous and sublime; they range from beautiful melodies to laze to, to dance grooves to move to. 'Whenever'is a smooth houser with an infectious bassline which is by followed the disco/Chic inspired 'Photographs' The Masters At Work produced 'I Love To Love' has the legendary Roy Ayers on the vibes. The deep and hypnotic 'Saturday Night Experience'has a post club early morning vibe. Peter Gabriel's Don't Give Up is reworked and re-energised. Watley's writing skills come to the fore in 'Clouds' a ballad which has elements of Massive Attack and Rae & Christian. What's missing is just one more dance hit with one 'MAW' dance track this album would be flawless, however, on the whole Midnight Lounge is modern, stylish and cosmopolitan. Perhaps too sophisticated for the masses but just right for the global elite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago