Your Secret Love

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Luther Vandross' tenth new studio album has much in common with its predecessors. It is filled with midtempo love ballads in which Vandross emotes over tasteful R&B gospel arrangements, mostly writing his own songs, but also finding room for a couple of pop favorites -- in this case, Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet" and the old Little Anthony and the Imperials hit "Goin' Out of My Head." As steeped as he is in the nomenclature of R&B vocal expressionism, Vandross as usual sounds more self-involved than romantically devoted. His references have always seemed not so much real emotions as other love songs, which makes him something of an anomaly: a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Luther Vandross' tenth new studio album has much in common with its predecessors. It is filled with midtempo love ballads in which Vandross emotes over tasteful R&B gospel arrangements, mostly writing his own songs, but also finding room for a couple of pop favorites -- in this case, Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet" and the old Little Anthony and the Imperials hit "Goin' Out of My Head." As steeped as he is in the nomenclature of R&B vocal expressionism, Vandross as usual sounds more self-involved than romantically devoted. His references have always seemed not so much real emotions as other love songs, which makes him something of an anomaly: a formalist in a field at least nominally defined by excess of feeling. Of course, that's always been something of a conceit, which may be why the traditional R&B audience faithfully takes Vandross to its bosom each time out, while his relationship to the pop audience, after a flirtation in the early '90s, remains largely unconsummated. He may profess "Endless Love," but pop fans are only willing to believe him when he's singing with a diva like Mariah Carey. Give Vandross credit, he wants to be taken on his own terms, which is why he released his own songs, the title track and "I Can Make It Better," as the singles instead of going for a trendy R&B hit with "I Can't Wait No Longer Let's Do This," which features a rap by Deidra "Spin" Roper of Salt-N-Pepa, or trying to make "Goin' Out of My Head" a pop hit for the third time. Such integrity is probably what kept the album from selling beyond Vandross' existing fan base; lucky for him, there were a million of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972373928
  • Catalog Number: 723739
  • Sales rank: 66,764

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Vandross Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cheryl Lynn Background Vocals
David Lasley Background Vocals
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Lisa Fischer Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Skip Anderson Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Strings, Drums, Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Ivan Hampden Percussion, Drums
Everette Harp Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Yogi Horton Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Brenda White-King Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Byron Miller Bass
Marcus Miller Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Darryl Richards Flute
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
Reed Vertelney Bass, Strings, Drums, Keyboards
Kirk Whalum Saxophone, Soloist
Nat Adderley Jr. Piano, Keyboards, Vibes, Synthesizer Bass, Soloist
Mark Hollingworth Flute
Spinderella Rap, Track Performer
Deidra "Spin" Roper Rap, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Luther Vandross Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Skip Anderson Arranger, String Arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements, Synthesizer Orchestration
Ray Bardani Engineer
Ivan Hampden Programming
Ted Jensen Mastering
Marcus Miller Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Leon Pendarvis String Arrangements
Max Risenhoover Digital Editing, Sound Design
Reed Vertelney Arranger, drum programming
David Ward II Programming, Engineer
Al Schmidt Engineer
Nat Adderley Jr. Arranger, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Bob Weinstein Composer
Max Szadek Personal Assistant
David I. II Ward Programming, Engineer
Dee Dee "Spinderella" Roper Composer
Al Brown & His Tunetoppers String Contractor
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