Randy Crawford – Abstract Emotions (1986) – Lp
Artist: Randy Crawford
Title: Abstract Emotions
Label: Warner Bros. Records
On the face of it one would expect this to be a terrible album. ‘After a three year hiatus sophisticated Jazz-Soul chanteuse returns with industrial sounding commercial Dance effort which falls on deaf ears…’ The thing is though, Abstract Emotions is a fantastic album. Randy sounds just as at home here as she did on even Raw Silk. The soulfulness is still there and the songs are all really well written by amongst others, Reggie Lucas and James Newton-Howard.
Randy put together 10 outstanding cuts to define “Abstract Emotions.” Her vocals are first class Randy, emotional without being heavy handed (“Can’t Stand the Pain”), understated (the original version of “Almaz”), and joyful (“Higher than Anyone Can Count”). My favorite cut is “Don’t Wanna Be Normal,” a declaration of living life on your own terms, set to a driving beat. After hearing this jam, you wanna do as Randy says and “grab a little glory.” I call this album a “hidden treasure” because I bought it for “Don’t Wanna Be Normal,” and ended up lovin’ every cut.
1. Can’t Stand The Pain (6:02)
2. Actual Emotional Love (5:05)
3. World Of Fools (5:00)
4. Betcha (4:31)
5. Higher Than Anyone Can Count (4:14)
1. Desire (5:25)
2. Gettin’ Away With Murder (4:02)
3. Overnight (5:14)
4. Almaz (4:04)
5. Don’t Wanna Be Normal (5:20)