Thursday, August 04, 2011

"It's No Crime," Babyface (8/26/89)
And the L.A. [Reid] and 'Face era starts - the only guys who could even come close to the domination of Jam & Lewis may have gotten their true start in the Deele, but this is where it really begins. They saved some of their best stuff for 'Face, the voice of the two of 'em, this song being a fine case in point. Whip-crack synth drums (hello late '80s!), sneakily smart chord progressions (esp. in the chorus), and a sublime talk-singing vocal from Babyface, all in a surprisingly minimalist package = one tough single. This sounded great climbing the charts in late summer '89 (a gruesome pop radio summer, but a fine one R&B-wise), and still does today. A-

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