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Album Review

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, Rovi

Customer Reviews

I'm Not Too Shy To Say...

When this CD originally dropped, "Your Love Keeps Working On Me" was already working on me BUT I wasn't ready for "When a Man Loves a Woman" original track & then the remix to come on the single EP. I was already a fan BUT yet again, Jody Watley took it to another level - absolute true artistry honoring her total fan base with music specifically for me as a then questioning gay man. "When a Man Loves a Man" tread new ground like no other artist but that's Jody Watley. The Stevie Wonder cut "Too Shy To Say" - now one of my favorite Stevie tracks was introduced to me by this CD first. You already know what to do! Buy this music. It's Jody Watley - and she never disappoints!

Ahead of the Nu Soul Resurgence

She went out on a limb, since this came out in the early 90's with hip hop, ghettoism and the new jack crowd dominating the airwaves and big time budgets. Instead of seeing the great rewards like an Alicia Keyes or Mary J. Blige would in these days, for making a personal record, MCA simply dropped the ball on Jody. I applaud the effort because this record sounds even better NOW, as great as it did back then. Kudos Jody.

total romance

This is one of the best projects Jody Watley has ever turned out. I always wondered why more "hits" weren't generated from this project. I still have Workin' On a Groove, Your Love Keeps Working On Me and Together on my iPod for get togethers. Everyone always wants to know who it is and I tell them to head here to ITunes to get the goods. If you're looking for romantic grooves, clever lyrics and total from the heart music..look no further. Jody Watley brings it...EVERY TIME ! Kudos Jody.


Born: January 30, 1959 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Dance

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

Grammy Award-winning vocalist, producer, and songwriter Jody Watley made a name for herself with the dance-soul trio Shalamar before she embarked on a solo career that brought her several Top Ten pop hits and a reputation as "The Queen of Cool." Watley was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 30, 1959, but grew up in Los Angeles. Her teenage gig as a dancer on Soul Train led to a meeting with the hit TV show's booking agent, Dick Griffey. Along with Jeffrey Daniel and Gerald Brown, Watley was recruited...
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