Stephanie Mills - Something Real

Stephanie Mills - Something Real
Recording Location: Entourage Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Oasis Recording Studio, Canoga Park, CA; Reflection Sound Studios, Charlotte, NC
Artist: Stephanie Mills
Duration: 54:44
Genre: R&B
Release Date: 1992
Album: Something Real
Styles: Quiet Storm, Soul, Urban

Mills' final set for MCA is a mixed bag of midtempo ditties and ballads. The singer is in fine vocal shape, but the songs often suffer from numb melodies and meandering arrangements. Dry, overly synthesized outings like "I Found a New Love" and "24-Hour Woman" are heavily produced and caustic, while "Policy of Love" and "Stone Cold Woman" are structured well, but lack any real energy. A couple of meaningful moments are found in the sanguine "Love the Hurt Away" and sullen "Heartache." And the clever backing vocal arrangements (and lush performances) of Company give life to many of the grey spots. Overall, though, Something Real is far from the glory of Mills' best material.

Never Do You Wrong / Vassal Benford / Carol Duboc / Ronald SpearmanStephanie Mills4:47
All Day, All Night / Vassal Benford / Ronald SpearmanStephanie Mills4:43
Somewhere in This Broken Heart / Mark Holden / Steve LeGassick / Michael PriceStephanie Mills4:58
Stone Cold Woman / Terry Lupton / Brian PotterStephanie Mills4:20
Love the Hurt Away / Donald Lawrence / Stephanie Mills / Narada Michael WaldenStephanie Mills4:29
Heartache / Karen Manno / Jonathan RosenStephanie Mills4:18
Policy of Love / Kenny Harris / Mark HoldenStephanie Mills4:54
I Found a New Love / Stephanie Mills / Dave RepaceStephanie Mills4:15
All in How Much We Give / Jody DavidsonStephanie Mills3:26
24 Hour Woman / Donald LawrenceStephanie Mills5:20
Never Gonna Give You Up / Joel Davis / Stephanie MillsStephanie Mills5:10
I Just Want Love / Eddie F. / Dave Hall / Cydne Monet / James PrestonStephanie Mills3:59

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