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Album Review

At the time of the release of her debut, Circle of One, Oleta Adams was best-known as the impassioned backing vocalist on Tears for Fears' 1989 album The Seeds of Love; most prominently featured on "Woman in Chains"." About a decade later, she was best-known for "Get Here": a gospel-tinged belter later revived by one Justin Guarini as his showpiece on the 2002 phenomenon American Idol. This, of course, proves that even small hits have an unexpected shelf life, and anybody who decides to go back to Adams' debut may not find anything quite as good — though the other single, "Rhythm of Life," comes close — it's nevertheless a high-class, quality, contemporary R&B record that perhaps sounds a little bit too much like its year. [Universal International's 2006 edition featured one bonus track.]

Biography

Born: 04 May 1953 in Seattle, WA

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Being the daughter of a minister, it's no surprise that Oleta Adams' roots are in gospel, as she often performed in her father's church. But her formal introduction to the masses began rather unexpectedly. While performing in a Kansas City hotel, Oleta Adams was discovered by Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears, and she was invited to participate in the recording of the British band's follow-up to the immensely popular 1985 album Songs From the Big Chair. When Tears for Fears unleashed...
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