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Coming Home (Music - Lionel Richie)

Genre: R&B; Lead Performer: Lionel Richie; Producer (group): Island

On his eighth solo album, Coming Home, Richie collaborates with producers who are young enough to be his kids — Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, Raphael Saadiq — in a bid to update his quiet-storm sound for modern R&B ears. The move pays off, as Richie’s silky voice glides through tracks like the throbbing, bongo-laden house workout ”All Around the World” and the blippy R&B single ”I Call It Love.” But dentists of America, don’t fret: The ’80s soft-pop titan hedges his bets by also including plenty of his trademark banal ballads.

Originally posted September 8 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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