by Surface

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Three years after releasing the heavenly midtempo boogie track "Falling in Love" on Salsoul, Surface signed to Columbia and released their first album, a Lover's Lane paradise populated by aching, delicately durable ballads -- "Happy" being the absolute hottest. Few of the ten tracks cannot be classified as slow or slowish, including the decent late-period electro of "You're Fine" and "Lady Wants a Man," as well as the faintly "Falling in Love"-echoing "Feels So Good." Otherwise, it's slow grinding and gentle pleading, none of which is overly dramatic -- not by mid-'80s R&B standards, at least. Between this and the first Keith Sweat, contemporary songwriters and producers aiming to make steamy, electronically enhanced slow jams have several ideas just waiting to be lifted.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644037425
catalogNumber: 40374

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Surface   Primary Artist
Vassal Benford   Synthesizer
David Conley   Synthesizer,Flute,Percussion,Background Vocals
Larry Conley   Saxophone
Gary Henry   Synthesizer
Bernard Jackson   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Townsend   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Surface   Producer
David Ahlert   Engineer
Larkin Arnold   Executive Producer
Vassal Benford   Arranger,Programming
David Conley   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Bernard Jackson   Arranger,Producer
Isham Jones   Composer
Matthew Kasha   Engineer
David Rivkin   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Julian Robertson   Engineer
David Townsend   Arranger,Producer
Tony Braithwaite   Engineer
Erik Nuri   Executive Producer

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