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Staying Power
     

Staying Power

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by Barry White
 
Barry White's new album proves that he's still the Sultan of Sex, the Baron of Booty, the Don of Gettin' It On. While there's nothing on STAYING POWER that's as stunning as White's 1994 comeback smash "Practice What You Preach," the album still delivers the slinky grooves and double- (or often single-) entendre lyrics that

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Barry White's new album proves that he's still the Sultan of Sex, the Baron of Booty, the Don of Gettin' It On. While there's nothing on STAYING POWER that's as stunning as White's 1994 comeback smash "Practice What You Preach," the album still delivers the slinky grooves and double- (or often single-) entendre lyrics that have defined his music for more than 25 years. At age 55, White is still singing songs with titles like "I Get Off On You," words like "Tease me with your emotion/ Soon we'll share nature's body lotion," and feelings like those of the title track, which manages to be a tribute to both his career longevity and his, um, stamina. Covers of War's "Low Rider" (mixed by Sean "Puffy" Combs) and Sly Stone's "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" are well-chosen if less than revelatory. And on "Sometimes" and "Get Up," White comes off like a positive-thinking motivational speaker (highlighted by the inspirational line "Get up off your ass and do something"). But most of STAYING POWER -- like the two versions of "The Longer We Make Love," sung as a duet with both Chaka Khan and Lisa Stansfield -- simmers with the heat of funk's smoothest operator. Alan Light

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By the late '90s, Barry White was primarily known as an icon. His music was well-known, but his voice was known better, as it stood for the epitome of sultry, sexy soul. And, befitting his icon status, he could still support a large audience in concerts, which led to new recordings -- recordings that were minor hits upon their release, but never eclipsing his classic hits. Staying Power, his first album since 1994's The Icon Is Love, fits neatly into that category. It certainly is an enjoyable album, since White's voice is aging remarkably well and the production is uniformly appealing, but it's never a memorable one. Like most contemporary albums by veterans, it's littered with cameos that are designed to broaden his audience and increase chances of airplay. With the exception of the Bone Thugs N Harmony duet "Thank You" -- which is the worst track on the album -- they all work pretty well, and the Chaka Khan & Lisa Stansfield showcase "The Longer We Make Love" is very good indeed. However, the record sounds the best when the spotlight is on White. Nevertheless, once the album is completed, it's hard to remember any of it, even if it was enjoyable as it spun. Which means Staying Power is a standard-issue iconic release -- it's classy and entertaining, but doesn't add to the legacy.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
Label:
Sony Bmg Europe
UPC:
0010058218524
catalogNumber:
582185

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barry White   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
H.B. Barnum   Conductor
Chaka Khan   Vocals,Rhythm,Track Performer
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jack Perry   Synthesizer,Conductor,Keyboards
Lisa Stansfield   Vocals,Track Performer
Bridget White   Background Vocals
Fred Rogers   Rap
Wa Wa Watson   Guitar
Glodean White   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry White   Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
H.B. Barnum   Orchestration
Michael Patterson   Engineer
Jack Perry   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,drum programming
Joe Schiff   Engineer
Marc Eliot   Liner Notes

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Staying Power 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barry White, has alwayshad an awesome, deep,yet,oh so romantic sound, thatyou can't help but go crazyover. But, this album,Stayingpower, tops them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
say this is great music. it takes me back to the 70s remembering me and my brother getting down in our bell bottoms to the soft mellow tunes of Mr. Barry White
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truely great CD for fans with an ear for sultry sounds. Greet your other half at the door with a glass of whine and Barry. You are bound to have an evening you will not soon forget!