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Rapture

Anita Baker

1986

Rapture

Album Summary

Rapture is the second album by American vocalist Anita Baker, released in 1986. This became Baker's breakout album and earning her two Grammy Awards. The album's first track, "Sweet Love", was a top 10 Billboard hit in addition to winning a Grammy Award. The music video for the track "Same Ole Love" was filmed at Baker's Keyboard Lounge.

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Rating

2.92

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4695

Genres

  • Soul
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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

“Rapture” by Anita Baker (1986) More great music out of Detroit. Anita Baker is a gem, bringing the serious listener a classic taste of R&B, no matter what mood you’re in. Her voice is beautiful, instantly and effortlessly moving from soulful resonance to piercing wail, kind of like your heart, if you’re human. Backing vocals and instrumentals exquisitely performed and mixed, this is an extraordinarily well produced collection of love songs. Delicate hand on the reverb. Great separation and depth. But the voice. The voice. I just bought this album on iTunes and put in on loop. Leave me alone for a couple hours. 5/5

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

1001 albums you must hear before you die and it’s day 5!! To anyone that isn’t familiar, I have given myself the challenge of giving my own personal take on each and every album listed in the book 1001 albums you must hear before you die, a book by Robert Dimery. I found this book one day in 2016 in Barnes and Noble, and impulsively bought it. Since then, I’ve felt challenged by it every time I would flip through it out of boredom. I consider myself a music nerd but man, there’s a lot of music within 1001 albums. If I listen to every single album without missing a day, it will take me close to three years to finish. AND IM HERE FOR IT!! Without further ado, I got a MONSTER of an album to share with you all! Anita Baker’s 8 million copies sold, 2 Grammy winning sophomore album, The Rapture. Released quietly in 1986, this fucking album was a phenomenon within itself! I won’t sit here and try to act like I knew all about Anita Baker in 1986, when I was four years old, and quite frankly, when I was randomly generated this album to listen to I was a little intimidated... I LOVE QUIET STORM MUSIC! What is quiet storm music? Well, to me, it’s mood setting music. It’s baby making music, it’s ambiance music to fall peacefully to sleep to. It’s music you play after a break up or discovery of a new love. Quiet storm music is calming and can cater to any mood and that’s why I love it so much. Anita Baker had a hard life. Her mother abandoned her early on at 2 years old, she had to live through the civil unrest of the 1960’s, her foster parents died when she was twelve and she grew up in Detroit on top of all of that. Yikes. But there’s an emotion in her voice that I can’t describe any other way than as “pleading”. Not begging, per say, but an emotion that says HERE I AM! I MADE IT THROUGH! NOW LISTEN TO ME! RIGHT NOW! She kept her dream of being a top notch singer and performer and was recruited to join a funk band named Chapter 8, where she met Michael J Powell and boy, let me tell you, they mixed better than tea and sugar! The production and arrangement that Michael J Powell birthed into this project is so, sooo good! Every instrument is a star on every song. The band never took a day off on any of the eight tracks. The bass? Deep, funky and quite frankly... Superb. The drums? Sampled heavily by the likes of everyone from Jadakiss to Mac Miller. It’s impressive how influential Anita Baker has been to Hip Hop, my very first love. Oh yeah, Strings, horns, piano? Sharp as a razors edge. So many songs have since been sampled by other innovators like Ice Cube, A Tribe Caller Quest, Drake and everyone in between. Jeez. Anita Baker broke out with this album in a big way, and so much more was to come in the future for her that it’s hard for me to not visit her next releases (looking at you Giving You The Best That I’ve Got) .. until the generator Gods bestow them upon me! It’s tough to resist because I know there’s gold sprouting like flowers in her repertoire that I already subconsciously know... My most favorite song is Same Ole Love (365 Days) It is upbeat, the bass slaps SO hard, and the chorus is so catchy. My second favorite is the title song, Sweet Love. It’s the epitome of Quiet storm music.. 80’s contemporary R&B. You could still hear the melodies now as if you were in a ghostly memory of an old rusted and abandoned K-Mart of your childhood, still playing Muzak in the changing rooms .. If you can imagine it. Remember Muzak? I’m definitely old enough to remember! To be completely fair, I won’t rank any other songs because they are all crafted so well, that I may change my mind during the many play throughs that I plan on having in the future. PLEASE share your thoughts and memories of these masterpieces in Quiet Storm style music. I can still hear the DJ’s soothing my soul with their calming dialogue before they cue up the next song. Diana Ross once sang the lyric “Im Coming Out!” ... Anita Baker said hold my beer y’all. Damn... Much respect. Last, but not least, albums like this make me excited to hear acts like Sade, Luther, Brian McKnight, Teddy P, Smokey, Babyface and more... Even more. Much love, thanks for reading. Music heals. 🙏✌️

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Adult Contemporary. It’s only for adults. Don’t you dare listen to this kids, it’s for the adults. This is the music that’s playing on a paint stained boom box in your neighborhoods open garage. It’s a hot Sunday afternoon in early September. Your neighbor’s dad has half their Chevy in pieces in the driveway and he’s covered in oil stains. He’s smoked a pack of cigs and crushed a 12 pack of Miller highlife before the late games kicked off. This is the album he’s listening to while he curses at the old truck. I haven’t listened to it yet (or checked that it exists) but I know Anita Baker has a great Christmas Album. 3/5. Good to know Baker.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Very special voice. But not my style.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

While Anita Baker has a nice voice and these songs are perfectly fine, I don't find anything revelatory about this album. I can't say I've ever thought "I'd like to hear an Anita Baker song now" or ever heard one of the hits from it and thought "Wow! What a great song!" The chime-y keyboard sounds, along with some of the other production, place it squarely in the 80s soft-pop genre, and it's unfortunately mostly forgetable.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Comparing R&B here to the 60s, it is night and day. Nina and Aretha in the 60s make you feel something. Anita’s album has a strong vocal performance with perfect production, but it takes itself too seriously and ultimately feels lifeless. Nothing to hate, but it hardly goes beyond an average score for an R&B record.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
1

A very uninspired assortment of supermarket music. While Baker’s voice is powerful and bursting with emotion, this is somewhat undermined by the obnoxiously synthetic 80s production which capes every track in a layer of aural polythene. It’s hard to treat anything Baker sings about with any sincerity when she’s surrounded by such artificiality. Additionally, I would argue the songs just aren’t there on this album and they don’t amount to anything remotely consequential. Why this is so acclaimed is beyond me. Not fun. Not interesting. Takes itself way too seriously. It’s a begrudging 1 out of 5 from me.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Ultimate smooth R&B

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

I'm a sucker for eighties soul production. This album was fantastic on that alone. Add in bakers vocals it was a homerun

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Sounds lovely. 9

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

Chill. Good. Understated. Feels familiar. Morning vibes.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

A 4 or a 5. Oh what the hell

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Mellow

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Это полный восторг!

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Great album!

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Absolutely blown away by Anita's beautiful voice. This old school RnB was such a breath of fresh air and it will be in heavy rotation for me.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

10/10 based af

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

After Murder Ballads on one day and noise rock the next, the 1001 Album Gods took mercy on my ears with a quiet storm of perfect 80s soul. This was just the musical hug I had no idea I was needing. The production is spot on. This is music for a romantic evening in a swanky blue-lit nightclub sipping on a cocktail as the conversation grows more and more intimate. Sax-forward and butter-smooth, RAPTURE is an unexpectedly wonderful addition to my night.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Ahhhhhhh, what a voice! Sweet and smooth like silky honey. Released just as I was starting college, this seemed like music for old people to me. I guess I'm old now because it just sounded great today. A genuine treat.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

I loved this. Anita's voice is so beautiful and soulful.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Sweet, sweet smooth 80s R&B. Love this stuff. Best tracks are the ones with Freddie Washington on bass. That guy grooves. Saddened to read that Don Myrick, who was in the original Earth, Wind & Fire horn section and the sax soloist on 'You Bring Me Joy' was murdered by a police officer who mistook his lighter for a weapon. In better news, I read that Anita Baker has regained the rights to her music so fingers crossed all her records will be available for streaming soon.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Phenomenal. I've always loved her voice and her music.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Well that was sublime 🥰 Perfect for an evening curled on the sofa in front of a fire with the love of your life, with a glass or two of your favourite tipple. Lovely

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

For me this is the best embodiment of the R&B quiet storm that was very popular in the 80s. A perfect late night album - it doesn't sound very 80s. There are too many classic, retro touches - R&B with a dash of jazz (especially her scat singing). She sounds older than her years (28) and more experienced (her second album) throughout. It is what every soul album in the 80s aspired to live up to. I can't think of one that came close.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Beautiful voice - had to listen on YT b/c half of the album was hidden on Spotify?

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

I didn't want this album to end.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Oh my God, I love it already! Reminds me of my childhood. 70s sound with 80s production.

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Wed Nov 04 2020
4

Really fun, should check out some her other stuff

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Beautiful voice, I wish that I had paid more attention in the 80's

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Fav: Sweet Song, Been So Long

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Un bon album qui s’ecoute bien en background. Elle a une belle voix 4*

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Classic R&B sound. I didn't really listen to this in the "idea" setting (I was at work), but Baker's powerful voice and the songs' melodies still were readily apparent to me.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Classic. So good.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Not gonna lie I didn't pay that much attention to this. But it was pretty good. 7

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Tue May 25 2021
4

good 80s r&b. 8/10

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

I really liked this one. Not my genre but like Isaac Hayes I learned maybe it is.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

most of it was not on spotofy but liked what I heard

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Great

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

When I was 15, my uncle gave me a cassette of this album for Christmas. As a proper Smiths-listening weirdo of the mid ‘80s, I really didn’t get it, nor did I have an interest in getting it. I obviously wasn’t mature enough for this kind of music at the time, but I can say that I appreciate it now. This is classic R&B mood music of the old school. Baker’s vocals are immaculate and the production is flawless. This is a great album to relax with. Favorite tracks: “Sweet Love,” and “Caught Up in the Rapture.”

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

July 20, 2021 Her voice is beautiful, and there are songs I like on here. An easy listen, although not my preferred genre(s). Great ambiance.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Gran voz, gran instrumentación y duración corta. En cuanto lo escuchas, percibes los 80. Mood: mellow

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Really beautiful album. I will give Anita Baker more of a listen.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Definitely a solid pop album

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

TIL: Quiet storm is a subgenre of R&B — and I’m lovin’ every minute of it.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

What a voice.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Great voice and Sweet Love is a brilliant song. Much of the rest of the album washed over me. No standouts but I enjoyed it. 3.5 stars. I'll round up to 4

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Dance floors and neon lights, Anita Baker's 'Rapture' is soulful pop with a tinge of R&B. 1980s pop production called for reverb-heavy drums and hall vocals, all accompanied by a simple 4/4 beat - this album delivers just that, providing some predictability. However, Baker's vocals is graceful and soulful, fitting the musical description of what the music wishes.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Ahhh 80s-90s sex music. Nothing bad to say about it except that the full album wasn't on spotify and out of order on youtube so I probably didn't get the intended listening experience

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

“An acquired but enduring taste.” Smooth.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Always enjoy her voice great collection of songs

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

This album was everywhere in ~1987 - as a teen into hard rock at the time it's safe to say I ignored it. :) ...and while it's still not necessarily my favourite [it's a bit smooth for my personal tastes] for what it is, it does sound freaking fantastic. Anita Baker is a great singer who didn't necessarily sound like anyone else but still was very accessible. Maybe it was her slightly-lower register or husky timbre; it definitely sits above others for me in the genre (contrast with wailing soprano vocalists of the day that I definitely still don't care for) and despite a general same-ness to the album, it's short enough (~38 minutes) to not really drag much at all. Again on a personal level, it would have been nice overall to hear more of the musicians/instruments reaching a bit - it's a very "safe" album musically which no doubt was the intent. If you're more into any instrumental flights of fancy over vocals, like me you might knock it down a few pegs. Having said that, this is objectively an excellent soft-soul album. 7/10 4 stars

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Wow. Still a winner

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Beautiful voice, soulful music. Good album!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

I bought this at the time and enjoyed it a great deal at the time. I rarely feel the urge to hear it these days but it's still a good album with plenty to offer if you're in the mood. One of those One Album Artists, though, at least in terms of commercial success in the UK.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

This album was familiar and soothing. Anita Baker’s voice is a treat and the easy-listening style of the music felt like a gentle massage. I think I prefer this silky delight mixed with some variety of other artists, as the album as a whole felt just a little under-seasoned for me.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

This brought me back to my days of working as an office temp in the early 90s with smooth adult contemporary radio stations so often playing in the background. "Spending the workday with your favorites from the seventies, eighties, and today!" It was never music I chose, but it was always music that was there. And today I realized I kind of miss it. Although it's never been in my nostalgia collections, it's been long enough that it was a pleasure to listen to and it took me back in time in a good way. It feels like a lavish 80s soap opera with elegant ladies in sparkling evening dresses. It's a grown-uppy kind of thing our society doesn't seem to do anymore. Is there still sumptuous music like this being made nowadays? Although this was yesterday's background music, this album has stood out in this project as something special!

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Very cool. I’ve heard so many of these songs before as a youth. Same Ole Love is a hidden banger.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Beautiful voice

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Sun May 29 2022
4

franchement un kiff sauf à la fin

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

nice, pop-y, I like it. short album as well so an easy listen.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

4/5. Hard not to fall in love with this album. Smooth and amazing.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

So cool and sensual

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Soultastic. She'd a lovely voice, and were I trying to seduce a woman in the 1980s I might even have put this on the stereo. Instead, it is the 2020s, and such things are probably "a bit cringe". So I'll listen to it once. Appreciate her voice and then move on with my life.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Classic. Brings me back to my childhood riding in my folks car.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Вот этот соул точно по душе: музыка ближе к нью-вейву, альбом бы переслушал.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Had never heard of Anita Baker but was pleasantly surprised, Sweet Love was a bop and the album was nice to chill out to

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Great and good

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

pretty good, had heard the album before and enjoyed it.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Got a little bored 7/10

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Cet album nous présente Anita Baker, une diva à la voix sublime, qui vient nous enchanter tout au long de l'album. Malheureusement, comme les mots clés "diva" et "voix sublime" ont été utilisé, le correcteur automatique du générateur doit lui attribuer une note moyenne inférieure à 3. J'ai contacté Robert au sujet de ce correcteur que je trouve personellement défaillant. Je vous tiendrai au courant de sa réponse dans un prochain review.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Si vous êtes nouveau sur le générateur et que vous vous demandez pourquoi une si belle voix et une musique de si bon goût peut avoir une note moyenne générale aussi basse, dites-vous bien qu'une grosse partie de la communauté du générateur est constituée de punks à chien ne jurant que par les germs et les minutemerde.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Fubn listen, amazing voice!

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Incomplete on Spotify but what’s available bops. Love to recognize the MF DOOM Hoe Cakes sample originated in…(checks notes) Sweet Love. Deborah Vance eat your heart out.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

A really enjoyable album with some great tunes

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Amazing voice, under-remembered.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Couldn't listen to the whole thing, but what was there was good.

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Mon Jan 04 2021
3

I preface this by admitting that my ears know nothing about R&B, just that sometimes I enjoy it. That said, this feels by-the-numbers, but the numbers are about twice as big as usual. Very pleasant listening.

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Thu Oct 08 2020
3

Only about half of this album was available on Spotify. Fun 80s R&B

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

Pretty good. I dont listen to this music that often but I enjoyed it

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Okay, I went into this album expecting to dislike it because of my general disdain for Jim Morrison. Honestly, I thought it was a pretty fun album. Morrison's attempts at poetry bog it down at times, but the music is great throughout. 4/5

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

Very different than anything I've listened to. While I can objectively say her voice is amazing, this is not my kind of music.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

2.5

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Le son des années 80!

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

I'm normally not much of a consumer in the whole chanteuse vein though I certainly recognize vocal talent. This was definitely a cut above though. The lyrics though solid were just not that interesting.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Not really my thing, but not overdone diva-style antics which I can sometimes find grating. A pleasant background listen. Fave track - "Sweet Love" is undeniably iconic

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Soul. Coñazo.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Beautiful

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

1986, Soul rnb, gutes Album, gefällt mir besser als mama's gun, starke 3

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

SWEET LOVE is a 4

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Rhythms that almost make you forget you’re slowly being lulled to sleep in the warm embrace of the laundromats heat and wafting scent of fabric softener.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

6/10.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Recognized one of the tracks ("Same Ole Love"), otherwise I had no clue about this artist.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

"I won't be neglected I won't be denied The pleasure of your kisses The pleasure of your smile" (Been so long) ¡Qué voz! Por lo menos terminamos bien esta semana <3

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Wed May 12 2021
3

meh

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Such a wonderful change of pace. Really lovely to listen to while doing school work.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

great voice, some of the tracks just felt a little lacking in energy and could have used something to push their sound more. not bad though, 3/5

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Steengoeie zangers! Maar niet direct een album dat ik opnieuw zou opleggen

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Nice little album. Basically Smooth Radio manifested in album form. I knew Sweet Love but none of the others. Best song: Same Ole Love.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

I somewhat liked it. Very pleasant to listen to while working. But not something I'd listen to with full attention.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Interesting album cover, makes you wonder what instruction the photographer gave during the shoot. Lovely album.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

R&B music sung by a powerful voice, this album sits along side of its contemporaries in Tina Turner, Sade, Whitney Houston & others. Unfortunately, Baker doesn't display the same range or creativity that these others do. As a result, while solid, this album comes up short when compared to classics.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Not my jam. Feels very 80's.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

It was okay.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

smooth, slinky, just not my taste though

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Ok

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Not quite my thing, but it is a powerful soul album. Anita's got chops.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Good R&B album....unfortunate that Spotify doesn't have 3 of the songs so couldn't give it a proper listen

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

What a great voice, and recognized Sweet Love. All and all a nice album to listen to. I'm giving it a 3 only because it is a bit sedate for my liking.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

R&B, pretty good

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Anita Baker sure can sing. Beautiful voice. The mid 80s adult contemporary production is what makes this a 3 out of 5 for me. Not really my cup of tea even if I really enjoyed certain touches like a fun bass line here, great sax solo there. Won't be revisiting anytime soon but I'll definitely always remember Baker's voice.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

I imagine this is an album that was played on many occasions in the late 1980s to signal it was time for sexy times. The slinky bass and emphatic saxophone layers say “Hey there, are you thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?” Ms. Baker’s mesmerizing vocals say “Yes, let’s get down.” According to expert resource cosmopolitan magazine (2017), the average sex session lasts 19 minutes, including foreplay. Rapture clocks in at 38 minutes…plenty of time.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Good R&B. Not my typical genre, so nothing really stood out to me.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Beautiful voice, and a great soul album.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

can’t listen not on spotify- gave avg rating

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Not my deal, but nice voice and production

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Baker's Rapture helped define contemporary R&B from the mid-80s onwards. She's a sexy singer, and the use of jazz and synth accommodates for smooth, easy listening that gives off calm 80s nostalgia. "Sweet Love" and "Captured in the rapture of love" are my favorites, and other first side tracks appealed, but I felt the tracks sounded too much like each other, and hardly contrasted each other in subject matter or technique. But that's fine. It's not a masterpiece, and her fanbase tends to hit a very targeted audience, but this album is a soothing, luxurious listen, and that's enough for me to give a re-listen in the future.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Album was not on Spotify apparently due to the artist's request. I was able to track it down and give most of it a listen

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

I do enjoy this kind of soul music sometimes. It's a little cheesy in places, but still some great tunes

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Exquisit disc de r&b/pop amb producció totalment vuitentera, però que en aquest cas encaixa com un guant amb les composicions de fàcil escolta, on destaca la poderosa veu d'Anita Baker, que va ser arribar i moldre, però que endavant mai va aconseguir arribar a les cotes, de qualitat i ventes, de 'Rapture'

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Nice voice. Not my style music hard to be objective.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Really nice beautiful album. Soothing voice. Really pleasant front to back

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Sweet Love is a good song, rest of the tracks are ok, but slightly forgettable

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

definitely not bad but far from my tastes.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Canta muy bien. Un disco agradable. 3.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Mf doom samples the first track. That was sort of the highlight for me. I do miss the time when big pop diva albums sound like Sega genesis tracks

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Soul. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

This album was incomplete and scrambled for me on spotify. So take this rating with a grain of salt.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

3/5 too sensual for my taste

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Beautiful voice, but difficult to rate for me. Most songs are nice, but I'm not sure that I'd ever really seek them out. Same Ole Love was definitely a stand-out, though.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Ok cute little album, not amazing. 3,5 but rounding down because I probably won't put it on again.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Smoky and lovely voice

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Easy listening for the background but the songs itself were too similar to not make this another decent album that will be forgotten after a few days

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

This is miles away from what I normally listen to. Certainly not offensive, but unlikely to revisit!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

So sweet that I think I might get diabetes. It is soft R&B infused with Jazzy vibes. Super cheesy, easy listening, but, you know, it is cute. And thankfully the album isn't that long (36 minutes), which makes it easier to sit through - would probably give it one rank lower if it was 10 minutes longer.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

3-; great voice, nice instrumentals, album wasn't too long, great experience but could be better

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

3.5 - The genre designation “quiet storm” perfectly evokes the vibe on this album. The sound is very dated but it’s comforting. I’m reminded of being a kid, holding my dad’s hand as our family spends a leisurely afternoon strolling around at the high-end mall in our neighboring town. It feels safe, warm and worry-free. I probably won’t return to this particular album but I enjoyed the memories it brought back.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Really good album. 3.5 / 5

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

She's got an excellent voice and puts it to good use on this album. I'm just not a fan of this style of music, but I'll still listen. Some okay songs, but I have no need to buy this. Thank you streaming sites.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

It's a slab of 80's soul. Right up there with the very best slabs of 80's soul.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

A perfect middle of the road

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Great voice, probably heard this a thousand times when it came out in the background. Very 80s!

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Relaxte muziek, mooie stem! ***

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Nice R&B and soul album. Starts with a killer opening track! The songs after weren't that exciting, but this album might be worth it for a second listening.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

It's okay. I can't really judge the album fully since Spotify omitted like three of the tracks, but I got the gist of it. After getting the Sade album two days ago, I realized that I kind of like this era of R&B before Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson ushered it into the 90s. This isn't on the level of the Sade album, but it's not bad.

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Sun May 29 2022
3

Un petit moment de fraîcheur

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Старый добрый соул в отличном исполнении. Так и хочется налить вина и посидеть при свечах. 6 из 10

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Had this, loved it, but actually, loved just a couple of them. I seem to have gone past this kind of music now

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Anita is smooth. A little too mid-tempo/bland, but she’s a queen for a reason. 2.5 but rounding up for the icon.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Anita can really sing and there is no questioning that. However, the issue is that the music did not really appeal to me. No songs really stick out as a must listen. Although I will not listen to it ever again, I will round up.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Very smooth soul. Some jazzy scatting. Good voice, and very accomplished performance, but nothing apart from Sweet Love is really gripping me. Pity, because this was in all the shop windows for a year or so when it came out and won lots of awards. I'm giving a 3 because it is well sung and smoothly made, but not a soul record I'm going to reach for again.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

That was a nice album and she had a powerful voice!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

A little smooth and maybe too MOR for how I was feeling today.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Throwback to the sax solo.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Muy buena voz con grandes acompañamientos e instrumentos. Voz templada y calmada

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Its hard to rate this. Brilliant voice, immaculate production. Everything polished. Decent songs but its all a bit smooth. Its very good at what it does but its all so safe and nice. 80s soul queen. 3.5

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

dunno, sounds decent, needed more time

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

80's sloooow jams. It won two Grammys, so there is that.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

My original review got deleted by 'human error'. To summarize, this style of music isn't my thing, but I ended up liking it more than I expected. I wonder how many children born in late 1986 / early 1987 were conceived to this album. 3/5.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Anita Baker does have a very good voice that takes from jazz and gospel and brings it into what was then contemporary R&B (especially well showcased on "Watch Your Step), but the whole album sounds incredibly dated. Unfortunately a lot of 80s albums just have not aged well and though this is not her fault, it's very noticeable throughout. On the positive side I do respect the 8 track length and the cohesive vibe created here. No track is out of place or a waste of time, but I don't think I'd listen to this again

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Smooth sounding R&B. She has a strong voice and delivers these songs really well. Just a bit too "Adult Contemporary" for me, so giving this a 3. Need that half star option as it would have gotten 3.5.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

great voice, has aged decently. easy breezy listening jazz. faves: no one in the world, same ole love, watch your step.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Short album I wouldn’t mind making a few babies to. Great vocals. The 80s romantic soul sound is very easy listening. Now I know why Kanye and Jamie Fox consider her a Slow Jam.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Always have and always will love the 80s. Just something about that gated drum sound and the atmosphere. Nothing too special on this, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Great singing voice. Some funky grooves. Good example of R&B soul music.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Not my kind of music, but she has a good voice.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Started listening to this in my car but quickly realized that it truly deserved being played on my actual hi-fi system instead. The production is insane! I had absolutely no expectations going into this… If anything I wasn’t that hyped. But I genuinely really enjoyed both Baker’s incredible tone and range and the extreme smoothness of the production. Everything single detail stood out clear as day - especially the bass. I probably enjoyed this way more than I should have; but what a voice and what a collection of musicians. I almost gave this a 4 due to the taste of red wine during my listen and the fact that it sounded incredible on my speakers. But on any given weekday I don’t think there’s quite enough memorable moments for it to actually deserve it.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

I mildly enjoyed the few songs I heard from the album. Anita’s voice is good but not great, which is very apparent throughout all the songs. Decently catchy songwriting though. 5/10

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

A good voice, otherwise ok

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

This might be an album I should come back to when I feel like hearing something with that classic 80s sound. It's the only thing that is keeping me from really loving it and that's probably only because that's not where my head is right now.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

great vocals, the backing tracks all feel too cheesy 80's love to me.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Fun fact, I worked for IBM in the late 80's in the Detroit area, and I worked with Anita Baker's then-fiancé Walter Bridgforth. Everyone referred to him as "Mr. Baker". Never met Anita, and I believe Walter took a leave of absence shortly after I started because this album was taking off. That's about as tenuous a connection you could have to a celebrity I guess. Anyway, this is nice. Very smooth and soulful. Not really my favorite style of music but it's pretty good. 3 stars.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

impressed by the voice

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Nice!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

smooth soul indeed. been so long mi je najdraža sa albuma. općenito album nije nešta čemu bi se vraćo, ali mi ne bi smetalo da svira u pozadini, jok.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Great voice!! Just not my cup. of tea

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Fri Oct 09 2020
2

2,5/5

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Fri Sep 25 2020
2

It was ok

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

A bit too sappy for me! But some nice 80s tunes

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

Bland. I mean, clearly the woman can sing, but really it goes nowhere, does nothing exciting that we haven't all heard a billion times before. Even in 1986 when this was released it was tedious and overdone. I gave it a 2 to be a bit polite.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
2

Very sweet and easy listening, "Sweet Love" is indeed a very relaxing bop and Anita has such an amazing voice! Not a thing I'd ever return to, but I dig listening to it :)

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

Not on spotify. Didn't listen.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

Decent but fairly forgettable. A great voice, but no 'wow' factor.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Awful and horribly dated. DNF.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Hele goede zang, maar te hoog boomer gehalte

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Mon Jan 18 2021
2

Tried to listen. Decent.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

I was thrilled about the prospect of listening an 80's quiet storm album, but this ended up being too poppy and overtly polished for my tastes. Had this been a Latin American album, it would've been part of a telenovela soundtrack.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

Eh, its okay. 0RS

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

I tried to like this, but I’m just not a big fan of R&B.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Some ok songs, sounds very dated though and ended up being background music

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Nice and upbeat but not my kinda thing. Best track: No One in the World

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Dull.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

i don’t dig this kinda music at all

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Good. Just not feeling it.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

achei que seria melhor

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Tue May 25 2021
2

Liked the first track. The rest became increasingly annoying

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

Standard generic 80s sickly soul. Nothing memorable or worth noting.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Not for me.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

Great voice, the 80s easy listening is not my thing.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

I was bored. Anita Baker has a great voice, nothing can be taken away on that account. But the keyboard-driven style of this kind of 80s stuff does nothing for me. That was a lot of generic songs about love too - I wish the writing could measure up to her voice.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Not bad, but not my scene.

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