So Natural

So Natural

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by Lisa Stansfield
     
 

After achieving minor success as the lead singer of the U.K. trio Blue Zone and providing vocals for Coldcut's dancefloor classic "People Hold On," Lisa Stansfield established herself as a solo artist with her immensely successful 1989 debut album Affection. The combination of lush, Barry White-influencedSee more details below

Overview

After achieving minor success as the lead singer of the U.K. trio Blue Zone and providing vocals for Coldcut's dancefloor classic "People Hold On," Lisa Stansfield established herself as a solo artist with her immensely successful 1989 debut album Affection. The combination of lush, Barry White-influenced arrangements and Stansfield's soulful voice proved wildly popular, and Stansfield became one of the hottest new international artists of the late '80s. Unfortunately, Stansfield's popularity slipped a bit with the follow-up, 1991's Real Love, but the album was still a respectable seller. So Natural, from 1993, failed to reestablish Stansfield as a major commercial force, but since the album was never released in the U.S., it's easy to understand why. Though So Natural pales in comparison to Affection and even Real Love, it certainly isn't bad, and the lack of an American release remains a mystery. Stansfield almost abandons the R&B-flavored dance-pop of her debut with So Natural. The album is definitely consistent, but the ballad-heavy approach wears thin. So Natural also lacks a surefire hit single, like Affection's "All Around the World" and "This Is the Right Time" or Real Love's "Change." But So Natural still offers many pleasant moments. The steamy ballads "Never Set Me Free" and "Be Mine" rank with Stansfield's best work, and the album does offer a couple of sunny, up-tempo numbers with "Too Much Love Makin'" and "Marvelous and Mine." So Natural does flow along quite nicely -- the only real clunker here is the bland, dated-sounding synth pop throwback "Little Bit of Heaven" -- but the album fails to deliver the memorable hooks of her biggest hits. Still, So Natural could have easily found an American audience, considering the success of her previous work. So Natural is only available in America as an import release. The album is certainly a worthy find for Lisa Stansfield fans willing to search the import bins. The casual fan, however, is better off with the considerably easier to find Affection or her 1997 American comeback effort, simply titled Lisa Stansfield.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Bmg Int'l
UPC:
0743211723121

Tracks

  1. So Natural  - Lisa Stansfield
  2. Never Set Me Free  - Lisa Stansfield
  3. I Give You Everything  - Lisa Stansfield
  4. Marvellous and Mine  - Lisa Stansfield
  5. Goodbye  - Lisa Stansfield
  6. Little Bit of Heaven  - Lisa Stansfield
  7. Sweet Memories  - Lisa Stansfield
  8. She's Always There  - Lisa Stansfield
  9. Too Much Love Makin'  - Lisa Stansfield
  10. Turn Me On  - Lisa Stansfield
  11. Be Mine  - Lisa Stansfield
  12. In All the Right Places  - Lisa Stansfield
  13. Wish It Could Always Be This Way  - Lisa Stansfield

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lisa Stansfield   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Snake Davis   Flute,Saxophone
Ian Devaney   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Peter Dixon   Strings
Andy Gangadeen   Drums
Drusilla Harris   Strings
Andrew Long   Strings
Andy Morris   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Snowboy   Percussion
Richard Thirlwell   Strings
Simon Vance   Strings
Clarence Dixon   Strings
Stephen Gibson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Aileen McLaughlin   Background Vocals
Julia Hoyle   Strings
Anna Ross   Background Vocals
Jacqueline Anthony   Strings
Anna Biggin   Strings
Owen Gordon   Strings
Chris Hoyle   Strings
Andrew Scrivener   Strings

Technical Credits

Bobby Boughton   Engineer,Engineering
Ian Devaney   Producer
Andy Morris   Producer

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