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Tuskegee

Lionel Richie

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Tuskegee does more than acknowledge Lionel Richie's roots; it points out the similarities of today’s country music and the R&B/pop blend he perfected 30 years ago. Drawing on his formidable list of hits, Richie pairs up with a host of Nashville veterans and newcomers, with consistently impressive results. The emphasis is on the songs themselves, with touches of fiddle and pedal steel adding downhome flavors. “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “Say You, Say Me” (featuring Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean, respectively) work especially well in a countrified setting. Tuskegee’s guest vocalists manage to put the personal spin to even familiar tunes. Jennifer Nettles’ gospel-flavored treatment of “Hello” and Willie Nelson’s sly ‘n’ mellow take on “Easy” are among the more distinctive examples. Whether he’s harmonizing with Shania Twain on “Endless Love”, letting Darius Rucker take the lead on “Stuck on You”, or getting into an island groove with Jimmy Buffett on “All Night Long”, Richie sounds rejuvenated and completely at ease.

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Classic

If you like Lionel, you will love this. A new twist on classic songs. Some fantastic collaberations.

Auto tune???

Lionel is one artist that doesn't need auto tune. So why use it on this album? It's off putting.

GOT TO BUY

Bought this after it was the album of the week on radio 2. The whole reworking of old hits is genius, an album worth listening to again and again. You will not be disappointed.

Biography

Born: 20 June 1949 in Tuskegee, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After leaving the Commodores, Lionel Richie became one of the most successful male solo artists of the '80s, arguably eclipsed during his 1981-1987 heyday only by Michael Jackson and Prince. Richie dominated the pop charts during that period with an incredible run of 13 consecutive Top Ten hits, five of them number ones. As his popularity skyrocketed, Richie moved further away from his R&B origins and concentrated more on adult contemporary balladry, which had been one of his strengths even as...
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