Just For You CD (2004)

Artist: Lionel Richie

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Richie pursued fresh directions with Just For You, resulting in his broadest-reaching effort to date. He journeyed to England to work again with Paul Barry and Mark Taylor ( the duo behind Cher's smash "Believe") who were also part of Richie's last studio album Renaissance. Released in 2001, Renaissance sold more than two million copies worldwide. Then he went to Miami to get the vibe of 7 Aurelius, who's made hits with Mariah Carey, Ja Rule and Ashanti.

And while Richie was in Florida, Lenny Kravitz dropped by to check things out. "And Lenny said, 'So we're not gonna do anything together?" Richie recalls with a laugh. "And the next thing I know, we recorded three songs." Richie took "Road To Heaven" (produced by Kravitz and written by 7 Aurelius) and "Time of Our Life" for Just For You, and "Destiny," their other song, will appear on Kravitz's next effort.

Throughout this process, Richie pursued one creative goal and vision for the album. "I wanted to be as organic as possible," he explains, "no gimmicks, nothing flowery. It's kind of an old-fashioned way of doing things, but I wanted a kind of rawness and natural sound to everything."

Just For You then, is full of those organic kind of touches. The stirring rhythmic throb of the title track. The folky Celtic flavor of "Just 2 Be With You." The Middle Eastern whirl of "She's Amazing" and the soulful gospel anthemics of "I Still Believe." The ebb and flow of "Ball & Chain," which starts with just Richie's voice and an acoustic guitar and builds to a sweeping, electrified rock bridge.

The song "One World" was another new avenue for Richie. This time out, the co-writer of "We Are the World," the all-star USA For Africa hit for famine relief, goes even further on a socio-political limb, making observations with an inherent optimism amidst equally probing songs about loves won and lost.

"I've never gone into politics or religion that much," he says, "but on this album it was kind of necessary for me to say the phrases that people are thinking. Because here we are again; the world seems to be in turmoil, but the world has always been in turmoil. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

"I want to send a message to the world that says 'People, as critical as it looks, we're OK. We are in control, whether we feel it or not."


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60632569
UPC 602498623718
UPC 14 00602498623718
Format CD
Release Date 5/4/2004
Author Lionel Richie
Associated Artist/Work Bomha, Dinu
Associated Artist/Work Commodores (The)
Associated Artist/Work Dinu Bomha
Technical Info
Engineer Steve Price; Mark Taylor; Ren Swan
Producer Lionel Richie; John Dixson; Richie Jones; Ric Wake; Mark Taylor
CatalogID 0002239
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 05/04/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498623718
Musical Guests
Daniel Bedingfield
Lenny Kravitz
Chuckii Booker
Chieli Minucci
Tawatha Agee
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Lionel Richie (vocals); Daniel Bedingfield (vocals)
Personnel: Lionel Richie (vocals); Daniel Bedingfield (vocals); Chieli Minucci (guitar); Lenny Kravitz (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, drums, background vocals); Chuckii Booker (piano, keyboards, programming); Mark Smith (bass instrument); Tawatha Agee (background vocals).
Lionel Richie's talent for crafting picture-perfect pop songs cannot be understated. In fact, his remarkable success during the 1970s and '80s, as both the leader of the Commodores and a solo artist, often overshadows his reputation as a remarkably deft songwriter. His singles--"Hello," "Still," and "Sail On," for example--could seem subdued and simple, but they each contained a certain melancholy mood and stories within stories, like successively smaller Russian dolls. After virtually vanishing for over a decade following his multi-platinum record DANCING ON THE CEILING, he resurfaced in the late '90s.
JUST FOR YOU is the third album by this reborn Lionel Richie, and it finds him getting comfortable in his new mode, which is refreshingly close to the pop classics he penned years before. The album is stocked full of simple yet multifaceted pop songs swimming in hooks; there's a dash of R&B from his old days, especially on the jazzy, funky "Do Ya," but, for the most part, Richie sticks to his trademark brand of adult-contemporary pop.
Disc 1
1 Just For You
2 I Still Believe
3 Long Long Way To Go
4 Just To Be With You Again
5 Heaven
6 She's Amazing
7 Ball And Chain
8 Time Of Our Life - (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
9 Outrageous
10 Road To Heaven
11 Do Ya - (featuring Daniel Bedingfield)
12 In My Dreams
13 One World
Product Attributes
Artist Richie,Lionel
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
BBC Music ...this album is far better than many would of dreamed possible.
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