Monday, September 1, 2014
Cherrelle - Fragile
Side one begins with the bouncy beat of “Fragile…Handle With Care”. As the second single, it reached number 37 on the US Billboard R&B chart.
“I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On”, the lead single, went to number 79 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 8 on the US Billboard R&B chart and number 6 on the US Billboard Dance charts. Robert Palmer recorded a successful cover of it in 1985, and Mariah Carey also covered it in 2001 for the soundtrack of Glitter. The album track is a full seven minute dance groove; this was my first time hearing this version and I like it a lot.
The third single from the album was the slinky and seductive “Like I Will”. The album cut, at seven and a half minutes long, features some funky synthesizer solos.
Side two opens with the ballad “I Will Wait For You”; it was the B-side to the second single.
“Who’s It Gonna Be” was the B-side ballad to the third single.
The B-side to the second single “Stay With Me” continues the slow and seductive song block.
The mid-tempo “When You Look In My Eyes” reminds me musically of a number of songs done by Alexander O’Neal, the R&B singer whom Cherrelle would team up for a duet on her next album High Priority.
“I Need You Now”, the B-side to the first single, closes things out.
While I did not find a bad song in the entire bunch of eight on Fragile, the first side was easily my favorite part. There, Jam and Lewis crafted the kind of dance tracks I was completely into during my college days of the mid-80’s. Cherrelle is a versatile performer and comes across comfortable in doing both the faster and slower numbers. I’ll definitely be adding a few of these to my music library right away.