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- Released: March 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Umvd Special Markets
Entertainment Weekly - 4/19/96, pp.74-75"...his first album of new material in a decade, he makes it clear that he hasn't lost his touch....even if LOUDER THAN WORDS doesn't put him back on top of the charts, it's proof that Richie is on top of his game." - Rating: B+
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Piece Of Love
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Still In Love
- $0.69 on iTunes3.I Wanna Take You Down
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Can't Get Over You
- $0.69 on iTunes5.Change
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Nothing Else Matters
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Ordinary Girl
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Say I Do
- $0.69 on iTunes9.Paradise
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Don't Wanna Lose You
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Lovers At First Sight
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Climbing
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Personnel includes: Lionel Richie (vocals, tenor saxophone, piano, keyboards); Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (various instruments); Dean Parks, Robert Palmer, Steve Lukather (guitar); Jean Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Brandon Fields (saxophone); Jerry Hey, Oscar Brashear, Daniel Fornero (trumpet); George Bohanon (French horn, trombone); Greg Phillinganes, Lloyd Tolbert (keyboards, synthesizers); Babyface (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); David Paich (keyboards); Steve Porcaro (synthesizers, programming); Michael Boddicker (synthesizers); Nathan East, Randy Jackson (bass); Omar Hakim, Jeffrey Porcaro (drums); Paulinho DaCosta (percussion); Arnold McCuller, Peter Gabriel, Ayub (background vocals).
4.0: Tony Hightower, Ronald Jackson, Sammy Crumbley, Jason Sylvain (background vocals).
Producers: Lionel Richie, James Anthony Carmichael, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, David Foster.
Personnel: Lionel Richie (vocals, tenor saxophone, piano, keyboards, background vocals); David Cochrane (guitar, saxophone, synthesizer, drum programming); Dean Parks, Michael Thompson , Mike Scott , Steve Lukather, Timothy May , Robert Palmer (guitar); Toots Thielemans, Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Dan Higgins , Kim Hutchcroft, Brandon Fields (saxophone); Warren Leuning, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Oscar Brashear, Daniel Fornero, Charlie Davis (trumpet); George Bohannon (French horn, trombone); Marilyn L. Johnson , David Duke , Jon "JD" Dickson, Brian O'Connor , Brad Warnaar (French horn); Andrew Martin , William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Donald Waldrop (tuba); Greg Phillinganes (piano, keyboards); Babyface (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Lloyd Tolbert (keyboards, drum programming); James Anthony Carmichael, David Paich, Jimmy Wright (keyboards); Steve Porcaro (synthesizer, programming); Claude Gaudette, John Barnes, Michael Boddicker, Simon Franglen, William Ross (synthesizer); Nathan East, Randy Jackson , Sekou Bunch (bass guitar); John "J.R." Robinson , Jeff Porcaro, Omar Hakim, Ricky Lawson, Chris Dave (drums); Michael Fisher, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Tony Smith (programming, drum programming); Jeff Taylor , Alexander Richbourg (drum programming); Jason Sylvain, Tony Hightower, Ron Jackson , Sammy Crumbley, Marva King, Peter Gabriel, Phillip Ingram, Arnold McCuller (background vocals).
Recording information: Conway Recordings Studios, Hollywood, CA; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; Record Plant Recording Studios, Hollywo.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jimmy Jam; Terry Lewis.
Arrangers: James Anthony Carmichael; David Cochrane; Jeremy Lubbock; Lionel Richie; Marva King.
After the greatest-hits collection Back to Front disappeared without a trace in 1992, Lionel Richie spent four years making Louder Than Words, his first album for Mercury Records. Although there are some slight attempts to incorporate new jack and hip-hop influences into Richie's sound, Louder Than Words relies on his trademark balladeering, which remains his forte. All of the weak moments on Louder Than Words are ill-advised forays into rap -- to put it bluntly, he can rap about as well as Snoop Dogg can sing. Although the ballads aren't as strong as his late-'70s and early-'80s standards, they are nevertheless pleasant, which makes the record a worthwhile purchase for fans. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine