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The S.O.S. Band’s breakout collaboration with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis—1983’s On the Rise—sometimes overshadows its sequel, 1984’s Just the Way You Like It. Yet this later album is actually a fuller and more intricate iteration of this team’s pioneering sound design. Simply put, no one at this time was better than Jam & Lewis when it came to integrating keyboard technology into the fabric of pop music. Where some artists were just learning their way around drum machines, The S.O.S. Band were using synths and drum programming to add detailed atmosphere and sonic depth to simmering R&B tunes like “Weekend Girl,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “I Don’t Want Nobody Else.” While most of the songs surpass the six-minute mark, that still seems at times too short for such a luxurious sonic experience. If one had to choose a single masterwork symbolic of the album’s innovations, it would have to be “No One’s Gonna Love You.” It's hard to think of a song that's as menacing and sultry at the same time. If it ran for 60 minutes, you’d still be left wanting more.

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I've been searching for this album for years. In my opinion, this is one of the best albums of the "80's".

S.O.S. best album

Released in 1984 this album featured the big hits No One's Gonna Love You, Just The Way You Like It and my favorite S.O.S. jam Weekend GIrl. THe rest of the album is equally good I don't Want Nobody Else is another favorite track too.

The Reviewer Is Just Wrong; This is a Very Good Album

While it cannot be denied that "Just the Way You Like It" is largely built upon the formula that the S.O.S. Band and producers Jam and Lewis worked so successfully on the hits "Just Be Good to Me" and "Tell Me If You Still Care" from their previous album "On the Rise", this recording is terrific and, frankly, is a better and more consistent album than its predecessor. The first three songs are among the group's finest work and received significant chart action and airplay. "No One's Gonna Love You" is hauntingly beautiful."'Weekend Girl" is a charmer that works the same mucsical vibe as "Tell Me If You Still Care". The title track is a monster - excellent vocal by Mary Davis and musicianship by the band. "Break Up" and "Feeling" are also solid efforts but they pale in comparison to the previous songs. "I Don't Want Nobody Else" is an excellent slow jam that frankly could have been a hit as well. Only "Body Break" seems disposable and dated. There are no half stars on i-Tunes; otherwise "Just The Way You Like It" would earn 4 1/2 stars. However, since that is not an option I will give it 5 stars based on the four excellent tracks (1, 2, 3 and 6) and the two good to very good songs (4 and 5). Contrary to the i-Tunes review, bigger and better things were to come from both the S.O.S Band (the "Sands of Time" album is even better) and Jam and Lewis (their best work with Janet Jackson, Alexander O'Neal and Cherrelle was released after this recording).

Biography

Formed: 1977 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

The S.O.S. Band hit with a two-million-selling single, "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," their first time out, before having several hit singles written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The Atlanta, GA-borne band was started in 1977, when keyboardist/vocalist Jason Bryant, saxophonists Billy Ellis and Willie "Sonny" Killebrew, guitarist Bruno Speight, bassist John Alexander Simpson, drummer James Earl Jones III, and lead vocalist Mary Davis formed a group called Santa Monica that played at...
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