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Album Review

Proving once again that showcasing a diva's vocal abilities is only as good as the talented producers behind the mixing board, Midnight Lounge is a fine return to form and finds Jody Watley going back to her deep clubbing roots. It's a refreshing change of pace, forgoing the commercial club sounds her career has been synonymous with and replacing them with some of the finest deep house producers in the genre. Midnight Lounge makes no bones about its identity right from the immediate onset, enlisting deep house veteran Dave Warrin to produce two of the album's most sensual tracks ("Whenever" and "Photographs") and setting up longtime collaborators Masters at Work (with special guest jazz legend Roy Ayers) for the most upbeat track on the album. Positively charged lyrics set among lush production are the norm for each track, giving it more of a feeling of something to listen to after a big night out or during a great night in. And while the uptempo/downtempo sequencing of songs can be a bit abrupt, the quality more is than compensatory, with very little filler (perhaps the cover of Peter Gabriel's classic "Don't Give Up" is unnecessary) to speak of throughout. Bonus remixes appear at the end of the CD and retain the high quality set forth throughout the initial record. A welcome return to one of dance music's most prominent divas.

Customer Reviews

One of the greatest

I have had this album for quite some time and am shocked noone has posted about how phenomenal this album is! Photographs, Whenever and I Love to Love are my favorites. If you are having friends over for dinner or are an owner of a lounge this should be in your playlist! Jodi you have a unique style. Keep it up!

jody never lost it

i have to agree with the former comment, this album is hot and i don't know why im just finding this out. good ,fun music that lifts you to another place. most of these songs played at my job for over a year before i decided to look into who the artist was. to my suprise.....i just love it!!!!!

at her best

Just another reason to download this lovely lady's work, I've love this cd

Biography

Born: January 30, 1959 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Dance

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

Grammy Award-winning vocalist/producer/songwriter Jody Watley made a name for herself with the dance-soul trio Shalamar before embarking on a solo career that would bring her numerous Top Ten hits and a reputation as "The Queen of Cool." Watley was born in Chicago, IL, on January 30, 1959, but grew up in Los Angeles. Jody's teenage gig as a dancer on Soul Train would lead to a meeting with the hit TV show's booking agent, Dick Griffey. Along with fellow singers Jeffrey Daniels and Gerald Brown, Watley...
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