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.