Entertainment Weekly - 11/12/93, p.64
"...Watley has dropped the disco inferno for a surprising new album of cool funk that at last does her slender, sleek voice right..." - Rating: A-
Q - 1/94, p.1054 Stars
- Excellent - "...A series of sassy swingbeat workouts combine with sparkling ballads and catchy pop-funk grooves to show off her adaptability and near-perfect phrasing to consistently pleasurable effect..."
Vibe - 11/93, p.105
"...with INTIMACY [Jody Watley's] cranked the volume down, pumped up the passion, and made an album of love songs that kick it real, kick it true, and kick it womanly..."
Personnel: Jody Watley (vocals); Andre Cymone (guitar, keyboards, bass, drums); Dean Pleasants (guitar); Chris Botti (flute); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Scott Mayo (saxophone); Chris Hunter (trumpet); Jon Nettlesbey (keyboards, drums, percussion); Terry Coffey (keyboards); Brian Kilgore (percussion); Larry "Rock" Campbell, Duane Nettlesbey, Peter "Ski" Schwartz, Terry Burrus, David Morales (programming); Nadirah Ali, Brenda White-King, Paulette McWilliams, Alpha Anderson Barfield (background vocals).
Producers: Andre Cymone, Art & Rhythm, David Morales, Jon Nettlesbey, Terry Coffey.
Engineers include: Bobby Brooks, Chris Trevett, Hugo Dwyer.
Personnel: Jody Watley (vocals, background vocals); Brenda White-King, Paulette McWilliams (vocals, background vocals); Alpha Anderson Barfeild (vocals); Andr‚ Cymone (guitar, keyboards, drums); Gene Page (strings); Chris Botti (flute); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Scott Mayo (saxophone); Chris Hunter (trumpet); Jon Nettlesbey (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Larry Campbell (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, keyboard programming, drum programming); Peter "Ski" Schwartz, Terry Burrus (keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard programming); Terry Coffey (keyboards, synthesizer); David Morales (synthesizer, drums, drum programming); Duane Nettlesbey (drums); Brian Kilgore (percussion); Alfa Anderson Barfield, Nadirah Ali (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Trevett; David Rideau; David Morales ; John Poppo; Alan Meyerson; Bobby Brooks .
Audio Remixers: Dave Way; Philip Kelsey; Andr‚ Fischer.
Photographer: Jon Ragel.
Arrangers: David Morales ; Art & Rhythm; Gene Page; Jon Nettlesbey; Terry Coffey.
Jody Watley, who was one of the biggest American music stars at the end of the 1980s, saw her streak come to an abrupt end with the release of her fourth solo album, Intimacy, which, years later, still manages to sound fresh and undated. She toned down the rhythms (a little bit) which had made her so famous, and instead recorded an album ripe with mid-tempo, jazz-influenced grooves, which shine on the set's first single, "Your Love Keeps Working On Me"," which peaked at an embarrassing number 100 on the American pop charts. Intimacy, which is quite a varied album, begins with the harmonica-enhanced summer jam "Workin' on a Groove." The album's second track is the set's second single, "When a Man Loves a Woman," which is a seductive, meandering, spoken word, early-1990s anthem which, among other things, warns of the dangers of AIDS. A couple of over-long and unremarkable ballads weigh Intimacy down towards the end, but, other than that, the album is a definite treat. Other highlights include the house track "Ecstasy," the funky, riff-laden "Are You the One?," the slow burning R&B jam "To Be With You," and the gorgeous, soaring ballad "Too Shy to Say." Who is to say why this album, and Watley's fabled career, floundered so badly -- perhaps this style of music didn't vibe with the grunge and hip-hop that ruled American pop music in the early 1990s, or perhaps it was due to lousy marketing. In any case, Intimacy is a fine, well-rounded album that has managed to stand the test of time. ~ Jose F. Promis